Politics & Law Magazine Articles

  • Criminal Evidence At Fire Scenes

    When responding to a fire call or entering a building where there is a working fire, we're thinking about saving lives and protecting property - not criminal and constitutional law. That is as it should be, but it is possible that any fire scene could...

    Article • October 1st, 1999

  • Looking Ahead To The New Millennium

    There's no doubt that the fire-rescue service will see amazing technical advances in the first 25 years of the new millennium, but it's more difficult to forecast what the political issues and problems will be in 2025. Everyone has an opinion on how...

    Article • August 1st, 1999

  • Maryland Overtime-Pay Case Offers A Warning For The Fire Service

    Last December's well-publicized U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal of West v. Anne Arundel County (Maryland) left some local government officials reeling. Groups representing cities, counties and other local governments fear that the...

    Article • August 1st, 1999

  • Arrest Of Fire Chief Points To Need For Guidelines

    Rarely has a story provoked so much heated reaction as our May column about a fire chief who was arrested for shutting down an interstate highway at the scene of a serious accident. Firefighters all over the world have expressed amazement and anger that...

    Article • July 1st, 1999

  • The FIRE Bill: The Firefighter Investment And Response Enhancement Act

    Thomas M. Kennedy reports on legislation proposed in Congress to appropriate $5 billion to America’s career and volunteer fire departments over five years.

    Article • July 1st, 1999

  • Pascrell Bill Needs More Republican Support In Congress

    The pitfalls of the Congressional legislative process briefly threatened to derail the proposed FIRE Act in a House subcommittee, until veteran fire service lobbyists came to the rescue and prevented what could have been a near-fatal accident. It's a...

    Article • June 1st, 1999

  • Sexual Harassment Rulings Are Changing Life In The Firehouse

    Last year's major U.S. Supreme Court sexual harassment decisions (see Fire Law, December 1998) are having a real-world impact. They are changing life in firehouses and other job sites across the country. Last June, the Supreme Court set a new standard...

    Article • June 1st, 1999

  • Who's In Charge At Accident Scenes?

    A fire chief who was arrested by a police officer for shutting down an interstate highway at the scene of an accident has been acquitted of all charges. But the debate touched off by this unusual incident rages on and has drawn nationwide attention to the...

    Article • May 1st, 1999

  • Can Children Refuse Emergency Medical Treatment?

    It could be as big as a school bus accident with multiple injuries, major and minor. Or, it could be as small as a child getting hurt on a playground or at a park. But, one of the most difficult and frustrating circumstances on an EMS call occur when...

    Article • March 31st, 1999

  • Fire Service Leaders Back Revised Pascrell Bill

    Once again, there's progress to report on two fronts of vital concern to the fire-rescue service. A well-known fire chief has been appointed to start implementing recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Panel to rehabilitate the U.S. Fire Administration...

    Article • March 31st, 1999

  • Sprinklers Save Lives: It's That Simple

    Automatic sprinkler systems have been used in this country for almost 125 years, but there still is a cloud of mythology that hampers fire departments in their efforts to protect more buildings with these proven lifesaving devices. The problem calls for...

    Article • February 28th, 1999

  • Federal Court Permits Volunteer Activities by Virginia Beach Firefighters

    A federal district court has ruled that Virginia Beach, VA, firefighters are not entitled to overtime pay for their volunteer activities at rescue squads in the Virginia Beach area. The plaintiffs were Virginia Beach firefighters who sought compensation...

    Article • January 31st, 1999

  • Let Experiences Hands Lobby For Fire-Rescue Service's Interests

    The 106th Congress got underway with nothing more important than the impeachment of the President of the United States as its first order of business. Once that little matter is resolved, it will tackle other problems, such as saving the Social Security...

    Article • January 31st, 1999

  • House-Senate Panel Blocks Exemption For Hazmat Shipments

    Most of the time, this column reports on what has gone wrong on the fire politics battlefront. The reason is that so many things seem to go wrong and, when they do, it's essential for all of you to be aware of a new problem and prepared to take whatever...

    Article • December 31st, 1998

  • Major Fire-Rescue Groups Back Blue Ribbon Panel's Report

    There has been a positive reaction from the fire-rescue service to the Blue Ribbon Panel report on the federal fire programs and operations of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the National Fire Academy and their relationship with the Federal Emergency...

    Article • November 30th, 1998