Politics & Law Magazine Articles

  • Providing EMS: Everyone Wants A Piece Of The Action

    Tension between the fire-rescue service and the private ambulance industry has escalated to a new level of anger and mistrust. It's part of a long-running, bitter battle over who is going to be the major provider of emergency medical care - municipal fire...

    Article • September 1st, 1997

  • Accommodating Mental Disabilities

    Enforcement guidelines issued recently by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have stirred up a legal controversy that could be important to fire departments and firefighters across the country. At issue are provisions in the...

    Article • August 1st, 1997

  • Career & Volunteer Firefighters: Toward A Common Ground

    A recent column on the volunteer fire service and its efforts to be included in the President's Summit on America's Future ( Firehouse , June 1997) has brought several interesting letters from our readers. As usual, some agreed and some disagreed with...

    Article • August 1st, 1997

  • New Crackdown On Fundraising Frauds

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state charity regulators across the country have embarked on a project called "Operation False Alarm" to crack down on frauds that involve fundraising for fire, police and other public safety organizations. Their...

    Article • July 1st, 1997

  • LOSAP: A Valuable Volunteer Retention Tool

    Volunteer fire and EMS departments in many areas are struggling to recruit and retain qualified personnel. One effective retention tool is the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP), providing retirement pensions for volunteers who meet minimum service...

    Article • June 1st, 1997

  • Fire-Rescue Service Slighted At Summit On Volunteerism

    You may have noticed that in all of the hoopla over volunteerism at the President's Summit on America's Future, not one speaker or media story ever mentioned the volunteer fire service. It seemed especially odd, since firefighters probably are the...

    Article • June 1st, 1997

  • Legislative Maneuver Guts Hotel & Motel Fire Safety Act

    A dismayed fire community has belatedly learned that a mugging or an accident took place on Capitol Hill in the closing days of the 104th Congress. The victim was the Hotel & Motel Fire Safety Act, which requires that government employees stay in...

    Article • May 1st, 1997

  • The Family And Medical Leave Act

    You're pregnant and want to take an extended leave when the baby is born. An elderly parent is suffering from major medical problems, requiring that you take an extended leave to attend to his or her needs. What do you do? If you take a leave of absence...

    Article • March 31st, 1997

  • Communications, Labor Issues Top Fire Service's D.C. Agenda

    Once again, Washington is in the throes of a major political scandal and, whenever that happens, taking care of the nation's business grinds to a frustrating crawl. This time, it's the Clinton White House and the Democratic National Committee who are in...

    Article • March 31st, 1997

  • The Nightmare Becomes Reality

    The recent bombing of an abortion clinic in an Atlanta suburb has sent a warning to law enforcement and the fire service that domestic terrorism may be escalating to a new and more dangerous level for emergency personnel. This is the first time that a...

    Article • February 28th, 1997

  • The Missing Ingredient

    Studying the reports of major fires and other emergencies should be a part of every firefighter's on-going education. There's a lot to be learned from reading how different departments have handled situations similar to problems you may face or already...

    Article • January 31st, 1997

  • Emergency Medical Records And Privacy Laws

    For most firefighters and EMS personnel, report writing is the least interesting and least favorite part of any call. But the importance of accurate and complete reports is emphasized from the earliest stages of our training. Also important but much...

    Article • January 31st, 1997

  • Being Fully Prepared For Terrorist Attacks

    There has been some progress in preparing the fire-rescue service for its response to terrorism but it has been a series of small steps at a slow pace. And, when it comes to law enforcement and other agencies sharing essential information with fire...

    Article • December 31st, 1996

  • Arson: The Crime And The Law

    We in the fire service have long recognized how serious is the problem of arson. Virtually any experienced firefighter or fire investigator can tell tragic stories that graphically illustrate the devastating consequences of intentionally set fires...

    Article • November 30th, 1996

  • Remembering Rich Adams

    The fire-rescue service lost a great champion when Rich Adams passed away from a rare virus infection on Oct. 29, at the age of 53. Rarely are we privileged to know a person like Rich and I can describe him in one short phrase: "A man who had so much to...

    Article • November 30th, 1996