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  • After 20 Years, Political Issues Abound

    The fire-rescue service has undergone many changes in the 20 years I've been writing this column some for the better and some for the worse. And, some things never change. At times, I've been encouraged; at other times, very discouraged. But, at all...

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • America Condemns The Church Burners

    A wave of arson fires in black churches has prompted an unprecedented nationwide response that reveals a lot about this country and how far we've come since the 1960s. North and south, from the White House to the average person, Americans have been...

    Article • August 1st, 1996

  • The Commercial Driver's License Law And Drug Testing Requirements

    It's been 10 years since Congress enacted the Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) Act. That 1986 law standardized state licensing requirements for operators of commercial trucks and buses, and addressed the problem of a driver obtaining multiple licenses in...

    Article • August 1st, 1996

  • School Fire Safety

    Judging from the mail, a recent column on school crime and fire safety hit a lot of raw nerves. A number of readers had some interesting comments and their reaction indicates that this has become a nationwide problem that deserves more attention...

    Article • July 1st, 1996

  • Taking Care Of Our Own

    Many standards are used to measure a fire department's performance and most are fairly obvious. They include the number of companies for the area, population and fire load a department has to protect, the staffing on engines and trucks, average response...

    Article • June 1st, 1996

  • Legal Implications of DNR Order

    (Editor's note: In his May 1996 "EMS" column, contributing editor Rich Adams outlined "do not resuscitate" (DNR) protocols for EMS crews. The following column looks at DNR orders from a legal standpoint.) Whether riding as a first responder on an...

    Article • June 1st, 1996

  • Crime Prevention Measures Create Fire Hazards In Schools

    A conflict has developed between fire officials and school administrators over what should take priority: fire safety or protecting the schools from a violent crime wave. The problem is compounded by the same financial crisis that has squeezed fire...

    Article • May 1st, 1996

  • Budget Cutters Playing A Dangerous Game

    You have to travel around the country to fully understand what tough times mean for the fire-rescue service. If you measured the nation's economic health by what has happened to fire department budgets, you'd have to conclude that we're in the midst of...

    Article • March 31st, 1996

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