Politics & Law Magazine Articles

  • Fire-Rescue Service Must Fight For Needed Federal Legislation

    With the fire service's attention almost totally focused on the Fire Investment & Response Act (FIRE Act) for most of last year, other important federal legislation has not attracted the attention it deserves. A number of bills of vital interest to...

    Article • December 31st, 1999

  • Fire Organizations Vow To Fight For FIRE Act

    Despite the long odds against them, the seven major fire organizations have agreed to push forward with a renewed effort to rescue a bill that would provide $1 billion a year in federal aid to local fire departments over a period of five years. In doing...

    Article • November 30th, 1999

  • Regulating The Transportation Of Hazardous Materials

    We learn about the placarding system used for identifying hazardous materials beginning with our first hazmat awareness class. Recognizing hazmat placards is a key element of emergency response. These placards have proven their value on innumerable...

    Article • November 30th, 1999

  • Fire-Rescue Service Faces Tough Decision On FIRE Act

    It now has become clear that the billion-dollar bill to provide federal aid to the nation's fire departments has no chance of being passed in this Congress, which leaves the fire-rescue service and its supporters facing a difficult decision: do they fight...

    Article • October 31st, 1999

  • Fire Service Veteran Named USFA Chief Operating Officer

    The appointment of an experienced firefighter to be the chief operating officer of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is an important step in the on-going effort to rehabilitate that troubled agency and strengthen the National Fire Academy. Chief...

    Article • October 1st, 1999

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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