Politics & Law Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • Patient "Parking" and the Law

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Police-Fire Wars: Who Is in Charge?

    Firefighters and members of law enforcement work side by side, day in and day out. In 99% of cases, the relationships are respectful, even cordial. However, occasionally conflicts arise. Consider the following cases: In May 2003, Captain David...

    Article • February 28th, 2009

  • The Ongoing Importance Of a Unified Voice

    Politics meets performance in many different ways and plays out every day as fire departments strive to deliver service throughout the country. We all know how much impact elected officials at all levels of government have on decisions relating to a...

    Article • February 28th, 2009

  • The Congressional Fire Services Caucus: Let's Increase the Membership

    National Elections Costly as Capitol Hill Caucus Sheds 38 Members As I'm sure you know, the regular author of this ongoing column in Firehouse® Magazine covering Fire Politics is Hal Bruno. Hal is a great friend and a talented journalist, and I...

    Article • January 31st, 2009

  • The Campaign's Over, Now Let's See How the Fire-Rescue Service Fares

    The long and bitter election campaign is over and now we await a new president and a new Congress to lead the country on an uncertain path through the dangers of an economic recession and a pair of Middle Eastern wars. As this is written, I don't know who...

    Article • November 1st, 2008