Politics & Law Magazine Articles

  • A Wake-Up Call For America's Firefighters

    While a start has been made in preparing the fire-rescue service to deal with terrorism, progress has been painfully slow. The federal government's effort to help local fire departments has been hampered at times by inadequate funding, a lack of...

    Article • November 30th, 1997

  • Apathy, Ignorance To Blame For Upswing In U.S. Fire Deaths

    A new study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) confirms what firefighters have always known that the American public is apathetic and dangerously misinformed when it comes to the threat of fire. Given this dismal fact-of-life, it is not...

    Article • October 31st, 1997

  • A New Set Of Teeth For Hotel-Motel Fire Safety Act

    Progress is being made to restore the enforcement provisions of the Hotel-Motel Fire Safety Act, which accidentally had its teeth knocked out during the final days of the 104th Congress. In this current session, both the House and Senate have passed new...

    Article • October 1st, 1997

  • Safety Requirements In The Fire Service

    Safety is an important theme at any significant fire service meeting or convention. But it took on even greater-than-usual importance at this year's Firehouse Emergency Services Expo in Baltimore. Safety themes arose repeatedly throughout the Expo...

    Article • October 1st, 1997

  • Providing EMS: Everyone Wants A Piece Of The Action

    Tension between the fire-rescue service and the private ambulance industry has escalated to a new level of anger and mistrust. It's part of a long-running, bitter battle over who is going to be the major provider of emergency medical care - municipal fire...

    Article • September 1st, 1997

  • Accommodating Mental Disabilities

    Enforcement guidelines issued recently by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have stirred up a legal controversy that could be important to fire departments and firefighters across the country. At issue are provisions in the...

    Article • August 1st, 1997

  • Career & Volunteer Firefighters: Toward A Common Ground

    A recent column on the volunteer fire service and its efforts to be included in the President's Summit on America's Future ( Firehouse , June 1997) has brought several interesting letters from our readers. As usual, some agreed and some disagreed with...

    Article • August 1st, 1997

  • New Crackdown On Fundraising Frauds

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state charity regulators across the country have embarked on a project called "Operation False Alarm" to crack down on frauds that involve fundraising for fire, police and other public safety organizations. Their...

    Article • July 1st, 1997

  • Fire-Rescue Service Slighted At Summit On Volunteerism

    You may have noticed that in all of the hoopla over volunteerism at the President's Summit on America's Future, not one speaker or media story ever mentioned the volunteer fire service. It seemed especially odd, since firefighters probably are the...

    Article • June 1st, 1997

  • LOSAP: A Valuable Volunteer Retention Tool

    Volunteer fire and EMS departments in many areas are struggling to recruit and retain qualified personnel. One effective retention tool is the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP), providing retirement pensions for volunteers who meet minimum service...

    Article • June 1st, 1997

  • Legislative Maneuver Guts Hotel & Motel Fire Safety Act

    A dismayed fire community has belatedly learned that a mugging or an accident took place on Capitol Hill in the closing days of the 104th Congress. The victim was the Hotel & Motel Fire Safety Act, which requires that government employees stay in...

    Article • May 1st, 1997

  • The Family And Medical Leave Act

    You're pregnant and want to take an extended leave when the baby is born. An elderly parent is suffering from major medical problems, requiring that you take an extended leave to attend to his or her needs. What do you do? If you take a leave of absence...

    Article • March 31st, 1997

  • Communications, Labor Issues Top Fire Service's D.C. Agenda

    Once again, Washington is in the throes of a major political scandal and, whenever that happens, taking care of the nation's business grinds to a frustrating crawl. This time, it's the Clinton White House and the Democratic National Committee who are in...

    Article • March 31st, 1997

  • The Nightmare Becomes Reality

    The recent bombing of an abortion clinic in an Atlanta suburb has sent a warning to law enforcement and the fire service that domestic terrorism may be escalating to a new and more dangerous level for emergency personnel. This is the first time that a...

    Article • February 28th, 1997

  • Emergency Medical Records And Privacy Laws

    For most firefighters and EMS personnel, report writing is the least interesting and least favorite part of any call. But the importance of accurate and complete reports is emphasized from the earliest stages of our training. Also important but much...

    Article • January 31st, 1997