Politics & Law News

  • City Leaders In Alaska Push Fire Hydrant Tax

    City leaders say it is the only way to avoid laying off 22 Anchorage fire fighters and paramedics

    News • October 14th, 2003

  • DA: Long Island Volunteer Firefighter Hosed Town for $700G

    A Long Island volunteer firefighter stole $700,000 - raised to fund community activities, parades, fire-safety programs, a scholarship fund and a pension plan - while he was the treasurer of the Dix Hills Fire Department, authorities reported yesterday.

    News • October 3rd, 2003

  • Florida Fire Districts Strugle to Comply with State Law

    A state law to keep firefighters safe could leave more damage after a structure fire.

    News • September 12th, 2003

  • No Break for New York Firebomber

    Convicted 1994 subway firebomber Edward Leary had his last-ditch attempt to cut his prison sentence denied, the state's top court announced yesterday.

    News • September 12th, 2003

  • International Association of Fire Chiefs Calling for Members to Adopt New Alcohol Policy

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is calling for its 12,039 fire chief and emergency service members to adopt a zero-tolerance alcohol policy.

    News • September 9th, 2003

  • Fires Increasingly Damaging World Forests

    A U.N. agency urged nations to pool efforts and money to combat forest fires, warning Tuesday that this year's fire season was one of the worst in recent history and that forests were being destroyed across the globe at an alarming rate.

    News • September 9th, 2003

  • Did Alaska Firefighter Fundraiser Break the Law?

    Each year Alaskans are among the most generous donors to the Fire Fighters Fill the Boot Campaign, which raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. But this year some critics say they got away with more than just raising money for a good...

    News • September 8th, 2003

  • Ohio State Board Dismisses Complaint on Firefighters

    The State Employment Relations Board has dismissed the city of Dayton's unfair-labor-practice charge against the Dayton firefighters union.

    News • August 27th, 2003

  • Florida Tax Hike to Fund New Fire Stations

    Hillsborough commissioners may double a tax on things such as cell phone use and cable television access, using the money in part to build and staff new fire stations.

    News • August 1st, 2003

  • Dallas Presses Class Action Suit Against Ford for Crown Vic Fires

    There are new safety concerns about the Ford Crown Victoria. It's the country's most popular police vehicle, but now a major police force says that despite a recent safety fix, the vehicle still isn't safe.

    News • August 1st, 2003

  • Some Florida Police and Fire Jobs in Jeopardy

    Facing a budget shortfall with no prospect of a quick fix, Dade City commissioners on Thursday unanimously gave new City Manager Harold Sample the go-ahead to start talks aimed at disbanding the city's Police and Fire departments.

    News • August 1st, 2003

  • Texas Proposition Looks to Allow Donating Fire Equipment

    With only a few exceptions, the Texas Constitution prohibits counties, cities, towns or other political subdivisions of the state from giving away anything of value to any individual, association or corporation.

    News • August 1st, 2003

  • California's Choice of NFPA Building and Fire Codes Angers Many Officials

    California's building standards commission has adopted new fire and building codes that are backed by politically powerful unions and strongly opposed by building officials, who say the rules will be more costly and cumbersome to enact.

    News • August 1st, 2003

  • Building Managers Deny Responsibility in Deadly Tokyo Night-Club Blaze

    A first hearing into the worst fire in Tokyo in three decades opened Thursday, with four of the six defendants pleading not guilty and two defendants choosing not to enter any plea at all.

    News • July 25th, 2003

  • Senators Introduce Forest Health Bill

    Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln today introduced bipartisan legislation seeking to improve the health of the nation's forests and preserve ecosystems and jobs.

    News • July 24th, 2003