Florida Statute 112.82 Rights of
firefighters.--Whenevera firefighter is subjected to an interrogation,
such interrogation shall be conducted pursuant to the terms of this section.
(1)The interrogation shall take place at the facility
where the investigating officer is assigned, or at the facility which has jurisdiction over the place where the incident
under investigation allegedly occurred, as designated by the
shall be subjected to interrogation without first receiving written notice of sufficient detail of the investigation in order to
reasonably apprise the firefighter of the nature of the investigation. The firefighter shall be
informed beforehand of the names of all complainants.
(3)All interrogations shall be
conducted at a reasonable time of day, preferably when the firefighter is on duty, unless the importance of the
interrogation or investigation is of such a nature that immediate action is
(4)The firefighter under investigation shall be informed
of the name, rank, and unit or command of
the officer in charge of the investigation, the interrogators, and all persons
present during any interrogation.
(5)Interrogation sessions shall be
of reasonable duration and the firefighter shall be permitted reasonable periods for rest and personal necessities.
(6)The firefighter being
interrogated shall not be subjected to offensive language or offered any incentive as an inducement to answer any questions.
(7)A complete record of any interrogation shall be made,
and if a transcript of such interrogation is
made, the firefighter under investigation shall be entitled to a copy without
charge. Such record may be electronically recorded.
(8)An employee or officer of an
employing agency may represent the agency, and an employee organization may
represent any member of a bargaining unit desiring such representation in any proceeding to which this part
applies. If a collective bargaining agreement provides for the presence of a representative of
the collective bargaining unit during investigations or interrogations, such representative shall be allowed
to be present.
(9) No firefighter shall be
discharged, disciplined, demoted, denied promotion or seniority, transferred, reassigned, or
otherwise disciplined or discriminated against in regard to his or her employment, or be threatened with any such treatment
as retaliation for or by reason solely of his or her exercise of any of the
rights granted or protected by this part.