Politics & Law Magazine Articles

  • The First Amendment & Emergency Scene Photos

    The images have become iconic: A firefighter wrestles with a news photographer who refuses to stop taking pictures of the treatment of a patient. A police officer arrests a cameraman who refuses his orders to stop taking pictures. A paramedic pushes the...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Were You With the CFSI May 8 & 9, 2013?

    Times aren’t easy in Washington, DC, these days when it comes to maintaining federal support for issues that are critical to the fire service in the United States. For that matter, times are tough across the board for all groups advocating in the...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Fire Law: Amending Benefits For Responders & Survivors

    I n late 2012, Congress approved and the President signed into law the Dale Long Act, the latest effort to close gaps in coverage of the Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB) Act. This caps an effort of nearly 40 years to completely correct flaws in...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Fire Politics: Exercising Influence: A Political Must

    In previous columns, I have mentioned the political and operational challenges and opportunities facing fire service-based EMS systems as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moves through its implementation – which has already started. There is urgency to the...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Fire Chiefs Address Our Biggest Challenges

    I recently conducted a survey involving fire chiefs from 10 metropolitan fire departments in the United States. The departments selected for the survey were literally from East Coast to West Coast, from north to south. The chiefs were each asked to...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Fire Politics: A Political Reality: It's All About Relationships

    T here is plenty for a fire chief and his or her executive team to do just running the fire department on a day-to-day basis. Dealing with the challenges that accompany the management of personnel, finances, services, programs and activities in the...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Fire Politics: The Healing Power of Camp

    L exi Holmes is a bright, curious and fun-loving little girl, just like many other young girls. She loves to read and would like to turn her playroom into a library. She pours her entire being into drawing, singing or turning cartwheels. She remembers...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Fire Politics: 15 Lessons in Leadership From the U.S. Senate Floor

    A speech was given on the floor of the U.S. Senate in late January that provided interesting insight into the leadership beliefs of a particular outgoing senator. He was leaving office after 28 years in the Senate. The speech was 50 minutes long, but...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Fire Politics: Sometimes, Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric

    In my January 2013 column, I wrote about three wishes I had for 2013. I actually submitted that column to Firehouse ® on Nov. 26…and then December happened. A couple of incredible events that occurred in December 2012 made me wish that I had devoted...

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Fire Law: 2012 Cases And Controversies

    When I began to work on this review of fire service cases for 2012, my sense was that it had been a slow year compared with 2010 and 2011. In 2010, we had the landmark reverse-discrimination case of Ricci v. DeStefano, 129 S. Ct. 2658, 2671, 174 L. Ed. 2d...

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • Three Wishes For the New Year

    This being the January 2013 edition of the Fire Politics column, it is interesting to contemplate what could happen this year in politics to significantly benefit the fire service. I have learned over the years to keep my lists short and realistic to...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Fire Politics: Honoring Our Fallen And Those They Loved

    The fire service is never short on issues that require our individual and collective time and attention. Throughout the year, fire service representatives work with various levels of government to address budgets, grant funding and other public safety...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • EMS: Stolen Ambulances

    A headline in Amarillo, TX, screams, “Catastrophic Ambulance Collision Lawsuit Settled for $12.5 Million.” Here’s the story behind that headline: A woman was admitted to Northwest Texas Hospital for a psychological evaluation. Despite diagnoses of...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • Fire Politics: The "Fiscal Cliff" And the Fire Service

    Those who follow national news have heard of the looming “fiscal cliff.” Without some action soon by Congress, it is widely projected that the economy could be seriously impacted in a way that may send the country into another recession in 2013...

    Article • November 1st, 2012

  • Fire Politics: Exercising Your Individual Right to Vote

    Throughout the United States, the primary elections are over and the November general elections are right around the corner. As we know, these November elections will occur at the local, county, state and national levels of government. The outcomes will...

    Article • October 1st, 2012