N.J. fire department’s residency requirement for applicants invalidated

PHILADELPHIA &#8211 A New Jersey fire department’s residency requirement for firefighter applicants is invalid because it results in a disparate impact on African-Americans, a federal appeals court has ruled. According to Monday’s ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People et al. […]

Moline votes to privatize EMS and cut 12 firefighters

MOLINE, IL &#8211 The Moline city council has voted to privatize Emergency medical services and lay off 12 firefighters. Aldermen were split on the issue, with four voting for the budget-saving measure and four voting against it. The mayor broke the tie by voting for the 2012 budget, which privatized EMS. Aldermen discussed safety concerns […]