Firefighting, Legal

NE High Court Upholds Ruling on Boot Drives

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a commission’s finding that Omaha firefighters can’t legally participate in roadside collections for charities on city time using city-owned uniforms and equipment, reports the Associated Press ( .

The news outlet details that the ruling targets “boot drives” in which uniformed firefighters ask for donations at traffic intersections, malls and supermarkets. The money goes to organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The ruling means firefighters must collect donations on their own time and without using city equipment, such as work boots and uniforms.

A firefighter told the news outlet that his department was able to raise $80,000 by firefighters using their own gear.