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Curt Varone: Beware the ‘human equivalent of a lightweight wood truss building’

With most lawsuits stemming from within the FD, officers must learn to identify and manage conflict-seeking members most likely to turn problems into litigation

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“The lawsuit is coming from inside the firehouse.” Much like a horror film twist where the protagonist realizes the killer is already inside the house, far too many firefighters don’t realize that our biggest liabilities are sitting with us in the firehouse. Most fire service lawsuits involve a firefighter suing the fire department or another firefighter. These are the issues we must address, as fire service attorney Curt Varone urges – everything from HR issues like discipline to operational issues related to policies and training. We also dig into the need to educate fire service leaders about how to identify those conflict-seeking members who often become frequent complainants.

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