Politics & Law Magazine Articles

  • Seeding the Caucus

     

    Article • December 27th, 2010

  • Firefighter Photography

    Firefighters love pictures! And, they love taking pictures. Technological advances have made it easier than ever to take on-scene photos and videos. And, there are innumerable outlets for downloading them to the Internet and to personal devices. But...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Hot Topics in Fire Service Politics

    The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) recently held the 22nd Annual CFSI Seminars and Dinner event in Washington, DC. The turnout was excellent, and the attendees had the largest menu of seminars to select from that the CFSI has ever...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Protecting Your Organization's Funds from Theft

    Pick up any newspaper today and you can't miss stories about the current economic difficulties facing everyone. These articles, many packed with doom and gloom, may be found on the front pages. But keep reading and chances are somewhere on page six or...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Political Campaigns and Elections

    Two federal laws, the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, lay the foundation for elections law by regulating federal elections (President and Congress). Each state and local jurisdiction...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • A Missed Opportunity in Health Care Reform

    I really think the fire service missed an excellent opportunity when it came to the recently signed health care reform bill. Regardless of your political position on whether the legislation is a good or a bad thing, I believe we missed a tremendous chance...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Ethical Behavior

    We've all heard the jokes about the lack of ethics in the political arena. Although we get a big laugh out of them, we couldn't be more wrong when we discount the importance of a strong ethical foundation when working within the political process...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Informed Fire Service Professionals

    We all know that members of the fire service should work to stay competent in their particular roles and jobs. This is not easy, because there is so much information to be learned and the need to practice a full range of skills is critical to performance...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • The Annual CFSI Dinner and Seminars

    On April 28–29, 2010, the annual Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars will be held in Washington, DC. The theme this year is "Making the Right Decisions," and there couldn't be a more...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • We Don't Lose "Non-Essential" Lives

    A recent newspaper article reported on a major fire department in our country being faced with the challenge of submitting a 15% budget reduction to the city council for consideration in the 2010–2011 budget process. This was in addition to the nearly...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • An Absence of Politics

    Writing a column on "Fire Service Politics" each month gives the author a full run at the total workings of our industry because almost everything that happens has political aspects to it. As we know, the fire service is tied to elected officials at all...

    Article • November 4th, 2009

  • Here's Hoping The Stimulus Plans Work

    People a lot smarter than me will have to decide whether the stimulus packages being passed by Congress and signed by the President represent good public policy and make economic sense or are a mistake that the nation will be sorry for down the road...

    Article • July 22nd, 2009

  • The Politics of Protection

    They have been so intense over the years that some have referred to them as "the sprinkler wars." Well-meaning and committed members of the fire service, advocacy groups, fire sprinkler industry leaders, code-development professionals and others on the...

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Patient "Parking" and the Law

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Volunteer Retirement Benefit Systems

    Volunteer fire service leaders have worked hard to protect the legal status of LOSAP (length-of-service award program) and similar plans that provide nominal compensation to volunteers. They see these plans as important tools in the never-ending quest...

    Article • April 1st, 2009