Fire-Fighting Property, Fire-Station

Act 42 of 1964.—There are at present different forest laws in force in the five integrating parts
of the Mysore State. As it is administratively difficult and inconvenient to enforce different laws in
different parts, the present bill has been prepared to bring uniformity of forest laws throughout the
The more important provisions in the Bill are the following:—
Provision has been made in the Bill for control over forests and lands not being the property of
the Government, in Chapter V on the lines of the provisions now in force in the Bombay and
Madras areas. The object is to prevent private owners from recklessly exploiting the tree growth
and forest produce with the sole idea of making immediate and huge profits, without regard to
ensuring sustained yield for the benefit of the community in future. There is power to assume
management of forests in certain circumstances. In Chapter X, provision has been made that all
sandal trees which may grow in any land after the date of commencement of this Act will be the
exclusive property of Government and exploitation of all sandalwood trees, the rights over which
is alienated, should be done by the Forest Department only on behalf of the owner. These
provisions are made to prevent smuggling of sandalwood. Special provisions relating to catechu,
an important commercial produce, is made in Chapter XI.
(Published in the Karnataka Gazette PART IV—2-A, dated 26th July 1962 at page. 384.)

Amending Act 40 of 1994.—Fire Force is an emergency and essential service. It is therefore,
necessary that the services of members of the Fire Force should be available to the people in an
uninterrupted manner.
Section 123 of the Karnataka Police Act, 1964 provides penalty for a member of Police Force
who intentionally causes or does any act which the knows that it is likely to cause disaffection
towards Government among the members of the Police Force. Such a provision is not found in
the Karnataka Fire Force Act, 1964. Therefore, it is considered necessary to have an analogous
provision in the Karnataka Fire Force Act, also. Hence the Bill.
(Obtained from L.A. Bill No. 21 of 1992)

d in the 1
[Karnataka Gazette]1 on the Twelfth day of November, 1964.)
(Received the assent of the Governor on the Fifth Day of November, 1964.)
(As amended by Karnataka Act 40 of 1994.)
An Act to provide for the maintenance of a Fire Force for the 1
[State of
WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the maintenance of a Fire Force for the 1
of Karnataka]1
BE it enacted by the 1
[Karnataka State]1
Legislature in the Fifteenth Year of the
Republic of India as follows:—

  1. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order, 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973.
  2. Short title, extent and commencement.—(1) This Act may be called the 1
    Fire Force Act, 1964.
  3. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order, 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973.
    (2) It extends to the whole of the 1
    [State of Karnataka]1
  4. Adapted by the Karnataka Adaptations of Laws Order, 1973 w.e.f. 1.11.1973.
    (3) It shall come into force in any area on such 1
    as the State Government may,
    by notification in the official Gazette, appoint, and different dates may be appointed for
    different areas.
  5. The Act has come into force on different dates in different areas by different notifications. Gist of
    those available notifications are at the end of the Act.
  6. Definition.—In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—
    (a) “Director” means the Director of the Fire Force appointed under section 4;
    (b) “Fire-fighting property” includes,—
    (i) lands and buildings used as fire-stations,
    (ii) fire engines, equipments, tools, implements and things whatsoever used for
    (iii) motor vehicles and other means of transport used in connection with firefighting, and
    (iv) uniforms and badges of rank;
    (c) “fire-station” means any post or place declared, generally or specially, by the State
    Government to be a fire-station;
    (d) “Force” means the 1
    [Karnataka Fire Force]1
    maintained under this Act;
    (e) “officer-in-charge of a fire-station” includes, when the officer-in-charge of the firestation is absent from the station or unable from illness or other cause to perform his
    duties, the fire officer present at the station who is next in rank to such officer;
    (f) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act.

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