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  • Municipal Government Finances: Tiptoeing Through the Political Tulips

    We strongly suggest that the chief fire officer who seeks to receive funds from a dedicated user-oriented fee schedule seek both political and legal advice before proceeding with such a program.

    Article • September 2nd, 2013

  • Our Government is at it Again: The National Fire Academy

    Visitors to the National Fire Academy in Maryland are being asked to leave their photo ID with the security guards while touring the facility and being watched by camera. Those attending the NFFF memorial weekend are subject to a full blown background.

    Article • August 2nd, 2013

  • Carter: Sylvester Sequester and the New Star in D.C.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the shovel-makers are at work in Washington, DC and Sylvester Sequester is the name of that shovel.

    Article • May 7th, 2013

  • Restoring the Flame at the U.S. Fire Adminstration

    Next year marks the 40 th  anniversary of the landmark report, "America Burning." A must-read for fire service officials, "America Burning" brought together many of the brightest minds in the fire service to develop a report that captured the...

    Article • October 23rd, 2012

  • On the Road Again for the 2013 FIRE Act Roadtrip

    Let me start by saying that my son-in-law made it to a Bob Dylan concert back in September.  We discussed the man's music and the lyrics of a number of his songs.  I spoke of one of my favorite lines from his work which tells us that, "… the times...

    Article • September 15th, 2012

  • Optimism: The Cure for What Ails Us

    Is there anything you and I can do about the morass in Washington? Sorry Charlie, you and I are just a couple of powerless tuna swimming through the sea of confusion. We need to focus our effort on the things we can control.

    Article • May 23rd, 2012

  • A Debt We Can Never Truly Repay

    American Jobs Act Sets Aside $1 Billion for Firefighter Jobs

    Article • November 1st, 2011

  • Disasters and Dumb-Asses: A Bad Combination

    Having lived through the worst hurricane to hit my state in more than a century, I feel qualified to make a few statements on things which are happening in the world around you and me. Let me start by stating that as bad as things were in Howell...

    Article • September 7th, 2011

  • My 2011 Class Trip to Washington

    Let me share with you a number of my observations on how things went in Washington, D.C. Yes my friends, it is that time of the year. Spring is in the air and the flowers are in bloom in many parts of the nation. Once again, the fire service faithfuls...

    Article • April 15th, 2011

  • Taken for Granted, Taken Away

    This commentary is about a subject near and dear to my heart. I am referring to the FIRE Act Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and its allied fire prevention, SAFER, and the station construction associates. Many among you have come to...

    Article • March 29th, 2011

  • Three Weeks and Counting: The Impact of the 2010 Elections

    You walk into a sports bar in Philadelphia and you'll probably hear folks talking about the Eagles or Phillies. In Chicago, the topic of conversation will be the Bears, Blackhawks or Bulls. But if you walk into a sports bar on Capitol Hill, the talk...

    Article • October 19th, 2010

  • What can the Fire Service Expect from D.C. in 2011?

    As of September 2010, the federal debt was $13,433,710,591,905, give or take a few dollars. To erase the debt, every American would have to cut a check for $43,468 -- from every newborn in hospital nurseries to every senior rounding the final corner of...

    Article • September 26th, 2010

  • To Merge or Not to Merge: That is the Question - Part 1

    Change has been the watchword for many fire department operations during the first decade of the 21st Century. A number of our accepted practices within the fire service have been revised and the manner in which services are delivered has witnessed a...

    Article • September 23rd, 2010

  • Leadership in a World Gone Mad

    Times are tough my friends. There is not a day which goes by when you and I fail to see the harsh realities of the current economic state of our nation. Fire departments are being asked to come up with budget cuts which are devastating in the depth and...

    Article • March 25th, 2010

  • A Special Friend of the Fire Service: Brian Cowan to Retire

    When advocating for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) -- whether in letters to Congressional leaders, meeting with staff or testimony before committees -- the fire service organizations have often cited various reports that gave high...

    Article • January 20th, 2010

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