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AGO Opinions with Topic: FIRE PROTECTION
AGO 1961 No. 18 >  March 21, 1961
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION
AUTHORITY TO PAY PREMIUMS FOR GROUP LIFE INSURANCE The board of commissioners of a fire protection district is not legally authorized to pay part or all of the premiums of group life insurance for the nonpaid volunteer firemen or the paid fire chief and secretary of the district, covering them both on and off duty.
AGO 1961 No. 19 >  March 22, 1961
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS - AUTHORIZED PURPOSES AND METHOD OF ISSUANCE AND SALE
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS ‑- AUTHORIZED PURPOSES AND METHOD OF ISSUANCE AND SALE (1) A fire protection district authorized by the electors to issue general obligation bonds to finance replacement of equipment on a need basis may issue only a portion of the authorized bonds and delay the issuance of the remainder for a reasonable period of time until the need for replacement of additional equipment actually arises. (2) The general obligation bonds so authorized may be sold privately without a public offering at the discretion of the board of fire commissioners if it determines that such a private sale would be in the best interest of the district.
AGO 1961 No. 23 >  April 19, 1961
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - PARTICIPATION IN DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS FROM TAXES ON FIRE INSURANCE PREMIUMS
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- PARTICIPATION IN DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS FROM TAXES ON FIRE INSURANCE PREMIUMS 1.   School districts have broad powers over curricula and instructional materials.  Pursuant to this authority, a school district may select and use educational television programming even though that programming contains advertising so long as the primary and predominant purpose of the program is educational and the advertising content is incidental.  2.   School districts have broad authority over the selection of instructional materials and the acquisition of school equipment and supplies.  Pursuant to this authority, a school district may select school materials, supplies and equipment that contain advertising.
AGO 1961 No. 43 >  June 28, 1961
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION
AUTHORITY TO PURCHASE BUILDINGS AND REAL ESTATE WITHIN A FOURTH-CLASS MUNICIPALITY FOR FIRE STATION A fire protection district which completely surrounds a fourth-class municipality which has by chapter 237, Laws of 1959, been withdrawn from the fire protection district may expend money for the purchase of buildings and real estate within such fourth-class municipality to be used for a fire station.
AGO 1973 No. 19 >  August 8, 1973
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - SCHOOLS - CONTRACTS FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- SCHOOLS ‑- CONTRACTS FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES The provisions of chapter 64, Laws of 1973, Ex. Sess., which on and after July 1, 1974, will require certain municipal corporations holding property situated within or adjacent to a fire protection district to contract with such district for fire protection services, are applicable to school districts holding such property.
AGO 1962 No. 113 >  April 13, 1962
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - ANNEXATION OF A PORTION THEREOF - OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- ANNEXATION OF A PORTION THEREOF ‑- OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS Where a portion of a fire protection district is annexed to a city or town, the property located in the area annexed remains subject to tax levies for payment of outstanding indebtedness (bonded or otherwise) of the district existing at the time of annexation unless the city or town elects to assume said indebtedness.
AGO 1974 No. 24 >  December 23, 1974
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - CIVIL SERVICE - ABOLITION OF CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- CIVIL SERVICE ‑- ABOLITION OF CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM
A fire protection district which has, by resolution, established a civil service program for its full-time paid firemen under RCW 52.36.060 may not later rescind that resolution and abolish such program in the absence of specific statutory authorization.
AGO 1962 No. 162 >  September 10, 1962
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES - FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER AND MEMBER OF A FIRE DEPARTMENT
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES ‑- FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER AND MEMBER OF A FIRE DEPARTMENT A member of a fire department which is furnishing fire protection to a fire protection district may not simultaneously be a commissioner of the district since the two public offices are incompatible.
AGO 1975 No. 21 >  October 15, 1975
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - COUNTIES - CITIES AND TOWNS - ENFORCEMENT OF UNIFORM FIRE CODE
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- COUNTIES ‑- CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- ENFORCEMENT OF UNIFORM FIRE CODE (1) Within the unincorporated areas of a county which are served by a fire protection district, the uniform fire code, as adopted pursuant to chapter 19.27 RCW, requires the fire chief and the department of that district to perform each of the administrative and enforcement functions listed in § 1.201 thereof, together with such other functions as are required, under the heading of "Administration" in Division II of the code, to be performed by the "Fire Chief" or "Fire Department."  (2) A county, however, in the exercise of its authority under RCW 19.27.040 to amend the various component parts of the state building code in certain respects, may alter the manner in which the uniform fire code is administered within any or all of its unincorporated areas through the adoption of an amendment to that code designating some other official as the "Fire Chief" for the purpose of administering and enforcing its provisions.
AGO 1976 No. 2 >  January 14, 1976
DISTRICTS - SCHOOL - FIRE PROTECTION - CITIES AND TOWNS - CONTRACTS - FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES FOR CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS
DISTRICTS ‑- SCHOOL ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- CONTRACTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES FOR CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS RCW 52.36.020, as amended by § 1, chapter 88, Laws of 1974, 1st Ex. Sess., does not require a school district with facilities located within a city or town to compensate a fire protection district for service provided such facilities even though the city or town has entered into a contract with the fire protection district for the provision of fire protection services.
AGO 1978 No. 5 >  March 2, 1978
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - AMBULANCES - USE OF PAID FIREFIGHTERS TO ASSIST IN THE OPERATION OF PRIVATELY OWNED AMBULANCES
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- AMBULANCES ‑- USE OF PAID FIREFIGHTERS TO ASSIST IN THE OPERATION OF PRIVATELY OWNED AMBULANCES A fire protection district does not have the legal authority, under existing statutes, to maintain and provide a paid firefighter who has first aid training, to ride with a privately owned ambulance in order to enable the ambulance operator to comply with RCW 18.73.150.
AGO 1978 No. 22 >  July 26, 1978
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - DISTRICT - FIRE PROTECTION - WIFE COMMISSIONER AS SECRETARY OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- DISTRICT ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- WIFE COMMISSIONER AS SECRETARY OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT (1) The provisions of chapter 42.23 RCW are not violated by the appointment, by a board of fire commissioners, of the wife of one such commissioner to serve as secretary of the district.  (2) It is not a violation of RCW 52.12.010 for the wife of a fire protection district commissioner who has been appointed to serve as secretary of the district to be compensated for her services as such.
AGO 1968 No. 16 >  April 29, 1968
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - CIVIL SERVICE - INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - CIVIL SERVICE - INCOMPATIBLE OFFICES (1) A fire protection district which has both full time, paid firemen and volunteer firemen in its fire service may provide civil service coverage for its full time, paid firemen under the provisions of RCW 52.36.060. (2) A fire protection district which determines to provide civil service coverage for its full time, paid firemen under RCW 52.36.060, is thereby governed by all the provisions of chapter 41.08 RCW to the same extent as a city or town. (3) Members of a board of fire commissioners of a fire protection district which establishes a civil service system for its full time paid firemen under RCW 52.36.060 may not simultaneously serve as members of the civil service commission.
AGO 1959 No. 12 >  February 17, 1959
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - MAXIMUM TAX LEVIES FOR GENERAL PURPOSES
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- MAXIMUM TAX LEVIES FOR GENERAL PURPOSES The maximum levy for fire protection districts authorized by RCW 52.16.130, exclusive of any levy for retirement of general obligation bonds, is two mills, and the maximum levy authorized by RCW 52.16.130 and 52.16.140 combined is four mills, exclusive of any levy for retirement of general obligation bonds.
AGO 1959 No. 72 >  October 5, 1959
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - TAX LEVY ON PROPERTY INCORPORATED AS A MUNICIPALITY UNDER CHAPTER 237, LAWS OF 1959
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - TAX LEVY ON PROPERTY INCORPORATED AS A MUNICIPALITY UNDER CHAPTER 237, LAWS OF 1959 (1)  Where a fire protection district includes all or a portion of a municipality, the district is authorized to levy its full millage for 1959 on all property within the district including that within the municipality. (2)  Where a municipality has incorporated after June 11, 1959, and under chapter 237, Laws of 1959, is automatically withdrawn from the fire protection district, the district may nevertheless levy its full millage on the entire district as it existed prior to the incorporation of the municipality.
AGO 1959 No. 82 >  November 6, 1959
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - OWNERSHIP OF STATION, EQUIPMENT AND REAL PROPERTY WHERE A PORTION OF THE DISTRICT IS ANNEXED TO A CITY OR INCORPORATED AS A MUNICIPALITY OR IS WITHDRAWN FROM THE DISTRICT UNDER CHAPTER 237, LAWS OF 1959
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - OWNERSHIP OF STATION, EQUIPMENT AND REAL PROPERTY WHERE A PORTION OF THE DISTRICT IS ANNEXED TO A CITY OR INCORPORATED AS A MUNICIPALITY OR IS WITHDRAWN FROM THE... (1) A municipality owns the fire station, equipment and real property (a) when the municipality annexes all or a portion of a fire protection district wherein such property is located; (b) when an area comprising a portion of a fire protection district wherein such property is located incorporates as a municipality; and (c) when a municipality, or portion thereof, wherein such property is located is excluded from a fire protection district pursuant to section 6, chapter 237, Laws of 1959.
AGO 1960 No. 157 >  November 10, 1960
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONER AS SECRETARY OF THE DISTRICT The offices of commissioner of a fire protection district and secretary of the district are incompatible.
AGO 1955 No. 119 >  July 25, 1955
TAXATION - DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - PENSION FUND LEVY
TAXATION ‑- DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- PENSION FUND LEVY Mandatory one‑mill levy for fire district pension fund must be within millage limitations of RCW 52.16.130 and 52.16.140. Additional mill authorized by RCW 41.16.060 for that fund may exceed those limitations. Both such levies must be imposed if necessary to sustain the fund.
AGLO 1976 No. 19 >  March 18, 1976
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - SEWER - CITIES AND TOWNS
SEWER DISTRICT LIABILITY FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES RCW 52.36.020, requiring contracts for fire protection services to other municipalities, is inapplicable to municipal property situated within an incorporated city or town even though such property is adjacent to a fire protection district.
AGLO 1975 No. 52 >  May 21, 1975
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - AMBULANCES
FEES Extent of and basis for fees which may be charged by a fire protection district for ambulance services under House Bill No. 62 (chapter 147, Laws of 1975, 1st Ex. Sess).
AGLO 1975 No. 69 >  August 8, 1975
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - ELECTIONS
FIRST ELECTION OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS Persons other than those nominated by the board of county commissioners under RCW 52.04.070 may be candidates for election to a board of fire protection district commissioners upon the initial formation of such a district.
AGLO 1975 No. 76 >  August 29, 1975
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - EMPLOYEES
APPLICABILITY OF THE WASHINGTON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT (WISHA) TO VOLUNTEER FIREMEN The Washington industrial safety and health act (WISHA) is applicable to all volunteer firemen who are in any way monetarily compensated for their services as such ‑ including such compensation as is received by reason of their coverage as enrolled members of the volunteer firemen's relief and pension system.
AGLO 1979 No. 16 >  March 22, 1979
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - PUBLIC MEETINGS - PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETINGS OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- PUBLIC MEETINGS ‑- PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETINGS OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
RCW 52.12.090, rather than RCW 42.30.080, governs the calling of a special meeting of a board of fire protection district commissioners; accordingly, such a meeting may be called ". . . by a majority of the commissioners or by the secretary and chairman of the board. . . ."
AGLO 1979 No. 18 >  April 16, 1979
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - PUBLIC MEETINGS - PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETING OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- PUBLIC MEETINGS ‑- PROCEDURE FOR CALLING SPECIAL MEETING OF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS
In view of the specific legislative directive in RCW 42.30.140, it is RCW 42.30.080 and not RCW 52.12.090 which governs the calling of a special meeting of a board of fire protection district commissioners; accordingly, such a meeting may be called by the presiding officer of the board or by a majority of the members of the board without any necessity for concurrence by the secretary to the board.
AGLO 1974 No. 4 >  January 9, 1974
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - FEES
AMBULANCES A fire protection district which is providing ambulance services is not authorized to charge a fee for those services.
AGLO 1974 No. 5 >  January 9, 1974
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS - CONTRACTS
CONTRACTS FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES Taxing district which constitute "municipal corporations" under chapter 64, Laws of 1973, 1st Ex. Sess.; determination of the rate of compensation to be paid by a municipal corporation for fire protection services thereunder; consequences of refusal of a municipal corporation to contract with a fire protection district; municipal bids for fire protection services.
AGLO 1973 No. 17 >  January 31, 1973
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - EMPLOYEES - GROUP LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE
DISTRICTS ‑- FIRE PROTECTION ‑- EMPLOYEES ‑- GROUP LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE Alternative procedures available for procurement of group life insurance for employees of a fire protection district under RCW 48.24.020 and RCW 52.08.030.
AGLO 1974 No. 78 >  September 5, 1974
DISTRICTS - FIRE PROTECTION - COUNTIES - CITIES AND TOWNS - SCHOOL DISTRICTS - MUNICIPALITIES
SERVICE CHARGES FOR CERTAIN FIRE PROTECTION Chapter 126, Laws of 1974, 1st Ex. Sess., does not authorize a board of fire commissioners to impose a service charge on real and personal property owned by the state or any county or other municipal corporation which is benefited by fire protection service offered by a fire protection district.
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