Politics & Law News

  • New Orleans Fire Union Pushes for EMS Runs

    NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Fire Fighters Association wants the city to change how it responds to medical emergencies, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he will make his decision when he lays out his budget next month. With...

    News • September 27th, 2011

  • Fla. Dept. Goes to 40 Prank Calls at Same Address

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Prank phone calls have become a growing problem for emergency officials in Orange County. In the last two weeks alone, Orange County Fire and Sheriff’s Office dispatchers have received nearly 40 prank calls for fires...

    News • September 23rd, 2011

  • Emergency Radios in N.C. Malfunctioned 3 Times

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Channel 9 has uncovered serious breakdowns in the radio communication system that police, firefighters and other emergency crews use in Charlotte. Channel 9 reporter Jim Bradley found out that the malfunctions have happened...

    News • September 20th, 2011

  • Compost Fire Confounds Calif. Community

    LATHROP, Calif. -- A fire at a compost plant erupted Monday morning in Lathrop, the Stockton Fire Department said. The fire was sparked at Valley Organics along Frewert Road. The fire is surrounded by flat, rural...

    News • September 20th, 2011

  • Fittings Cut From Hose at Texas Apt. Complex

    HOUSTON -- A group of thieves cut off brass fittings from the fire hoses used to protect a northwest Houston apartment complex, detectives said. Houston police said 174 hoses at the Village Park apartments on Hammerly Boulevard were damaged on...

    News • September 16th, 2011

  • Denver Fire Inspection Tablets Still Not Working

    DENVER -- Computer tablets bought by the Denver Fire Department for building inspections cost taxpayers more than $340,000, sat on shelves for nearly two years, have repeated problems that have been documented and the costs continue...

    News • September 15th, 2011

  • Public Safety Oversight Dept. Proposed in Omaha

    OMAHA, Neb. -- There's a new proposal by a City Council member designed to provide more oversight when it comes to Omaha's police and fire departments.

    News • September 15th, 2011

  • Neb. Firefighter Misconduct Allegations Resurface

    OMAHA, Neb. -- The woman fired as Omaha's public safety auditor in 2006 went public with old allegations of firefighter misconduct on Monday. Tristan Bonn and those who support her are looking to pressure the city toward greater transparency...

    News • September 13th, 2011

  • Ambulance Sent to Ga. Fire Instead of Fire Truck

    FAIRBURN, Ga. -- When a home on Garvey Drive exploded and caught fire last month, the only operating truck at the closest Fulton County fire station was an ambulance, Channel 2 Action News has learned. Several firefighter/medics from Station 15 on...

    News • September 12th, 2011

  • Ga. Prisoners Considered for Fire, EMS Calls

    CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- A select group of inmates may get the chance to get out of jail to fight fires and respond to medical emergencies in Camden County. At least that's an idea being tossed around to help solve the county's budget woes...

    News • September 8th, 2011

  • Florida Firefighter Claims Harassment on Job

    MIAMI -- An investigation is under way into a Miami-Dade firefighter's allegations that he was harassed and threatened on the job. In the latest incident, according to memos firefighter Miguel Rodriguez sent to his superiors, he found a note...

    News • September 6th, 2011

  • Pa. Station Closed Due to Injuries, Lack of Staff

    -- Officials with the Johnstown firefighter's union have confirmed that the city's downtown fire station is closed through Saturday. Randy Novosel, president of Johnstown Firefighters Local 463, said the two platoons on duty through...

    News • August 12th, 2011

  • Pa. Firefighter Arrested on Arson Charge

    BIG RUN, Pa. -- State police in Jefferson County have confirmed with WJAC-TV that a volunteer fireman was arrested in connection with an arson investigation in Big Run. State police investigators said Anthony Overbeck, 18...

    News • August 10th, 2011

  • Baltimore Academy Voluntarily Suspends EMS Training

    The decision comes in the wake of an investigation into cheating at the fire academy.

    News • August 9th, 2011

  • W.Va. Chief on Leave, Dept. Deficiencies Explored

    -- Weirton's Fire Chief, David Lashhorn, is on paid leave, according to Mayor George Kondik. Lashhorn was recently cleared of allegations that he threatened the safety of city firefighters. City officials said the...

    News • August 9th, 2011