Legal Considerations for Fire & Emergency Services, 3rd Edition

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The third edition of Legal Considerations for Fire & Emergency Services is a reader-friendly guide to the challenging legal issues that firefighters and emergency service personnel encounter.

Written by J. Curtis Varone, a practicing attorney as well as an experienced firefighter, this book explores such key topics as fire department liability, search and seizure, sovereign immunity, overtime laws, collective bargaining, OSHA compliance, workers’ compensation, physical abilities testing, medical examinations, drug testing, discrimination, and sexual harassment. It is a perfect textbook for any course on fire service law as well as an indispensable desk reference for day-to-day fire department administration.

Features of the new 3rd Edition:

  • Updated cases on several topics including residency requirements, employment discrimination, and more
  • Expanded treatment of hot topics such as digital imagery, social media, and electronic surveillance
  • Meets the latest requirements for FESHE’s Legal Aspects of the Fire Service curriculum
  • Many new photos and graphics to help connect cases to day-to-day issues in the fire service
  • Coverage of recent changes to search and seizure law, use of digital photos and social media by emergency personnel, and fire department liability


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Correlations Grid
  • Introduction
  • Types and sources of laws
  • Courts and court systems
  • Types of fire departments
  • Administrative agencies
  • Criminal law
  • Criminal procedure
  • Civil liability issues
  • Negligence
  • Immunity from liability
  • Contract law and employment issues
  • Labor law and collective bargaining
  • Employee rights and discrimination
  • Sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination
  • Fair labor, family medical leave, residency, drug testing, electronic monitoring, digital imagery, and social networking
  • Public accountability laws
  • EMS law
  • Appendix A Constitution of the United States of America
  • Appendix B For further reference
  • Glossary
  • Index

728 Pages/Softcover/2014
ISBN10 1-59370-347-3