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J. Curtis Varone

Attorney & Counselor at Law

55 Azalea Avenue

Exeter, RI  02822

Curt Varone

Curt VaroneCurt Varone is the Director of the Fire Service Division of the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. He is also practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. Curt retired from the Providence, Rhode Island, Fire Department, in 2008 as a Deputy Assistant Chief and served as the Director of Public Fire Protection at the National Fire Protection Association.

Curt has over thirty-seven years in the fire service, having become a volunteer firefighter in North Providence in 1972. In 1979 he was hired as a full-time firefighter by the Providence Fire Department. He has served with both Massachusetts Urban Search and Rescue Task Force MATF01 and Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue Task Force RITF01.

Curt has two bachelors degrees from Providence College, the first in biology (1978), and the second in fire safety (1982) summa cum laude. He is a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Class of 1985. Since graduating from law school, he has engaged in the general practice of law.

In 1997, Curt completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, becoming the first person ever to receive four Outstanding Applied Research Awards. In 1998 he was awarded an Executive Fire Officer Fellowship to study Advanced Issues in State and Local Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also has taught in the Executive Development program at the National Fire Academy.

Curt teaches courses in Fire Tactics, Fire Protection, Fire Service Law,  and Firefighter Occupational Safety & Health in the fire science program at Providence College, is an instructor-coordinator for the Rhode Island Fire Academy, and teaches NIMS ICS for Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. 

Curt's first book, Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, was published in November, 2006 by Thomson Delmar Learning. His second book, Fire Officer's Legal Handbook, was released in November of 2007. He also writes the Fire Law column for Firehouse Magazine.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers in the general practice of law. The Court does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any field of practice.