Firefighting News: Controversy Continues After Council Unveils Takeover Plan for NJ Fire Department

The Leonia (NJ) borough council considered an ordinance to dismantle the 115-year-old volunteer fire department and replace it with a department completely under borough control. The move prompted widespread outrage as angry residents and firefighters packed a meeting Monday night, according to a report on ( The borough council's attempted takeover comes  in the wake of an incident in which town politician's suspended the department after a three-year-old was allegedly molested in a firehouse. Under the proposed ordinance, the company’s roughly 50 firefighters would have to reapply for their jobs in writing and pass a physical every two years ...

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