Free Speech Issues for Firefighters Discussed at FDIC 2011

David "Chip" Comstock, an attorney and fire chief with the Western Reserve Joint Fire District in Poland, Ohio, discussed various cases regarding First Amendment issues and the fire service in his Thursday classroom at FDIC 2011. Comstock, one of the hosts of Fire Engineering's Fire Service Court podcast, talked about a firefighter's right to free speech and freedom of expression in the context of a fire department's or public safety agency's right to maintain order and discipline in the ranks.He discussed numerous considerations for fire chiefs in handling free-speech controversies, such as whether or not the communication is causing demonstrable harm to a department's relation...

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