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A Small Dent In The ‘Firefighter’s Rule’

A little-known feature of civil law is something known as the “Firefighter’s Rule,” sometimes referred to as the “Professional Rescuer Rule.” The Rule has different formulations in each state, but its essence is that firefighters and law enforcement officers are barred from bringing lawsuits against those whose conduct has injured them. The Rule has its roots in court decisions that date from the early 1900’s. Originally, the Rule was…

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Firefighters’ Immunity From Driving Liability Does Not Violate Constitution

On May 19, 2007, two fire trucks from the city of Waterbury, Connecticut were among other fire rescue vehicles responding to a report of a kitchen fire on Eastern Avenue in Waterbury. Joseph Fischetti operated Engine 12 while John Keane rode in the front passenger seat. William Mahoney operated Truck 1. As the two trucks approached the intersection of East Aurora Street and the Route 73 connector to Route…

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Firefighters’ Immunity From Driving Liability Does Not Violate Constitution

On May 19, 2007, two fire trucks from the city of Waterbury, Connecticut were among other fire rescue vehicles responding to a report of a kitchen fire on Eastern Avenue in Waterbury. Joseph Fischetti operated Engine 12 while John Keane rode in the front passenger seat. William Mahoney operated Truck 1. As the two trucks approached the intersection of East Aurora Street and the Route 73 connector to Route…

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Ohio Court Limits ‘Fireman’s Rule’

Though several states have abandoned it, Ohio still follows what it refers to as the “fireman’s rule.” As Ohio phrases it, “the fireman’s rule is a principle that limits a landowner’s duty to police officers and firefighters in certain circumstances. It provides that an owner or occupier of private property can be liable to a firefighter or police officer who enters premises and is injured in the performance of…

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