Leadership

ADA: IMPLICATION FOR FIRE PROTECTION

Issue 4 and Volume 145.

ADA: IMPLICATION FOR FIRE PROTECTION Almost all of the articles written about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that have appeared in fire protection publications have dealt solely with the act’s effect on employment practices. While the ADA will have an impact on the employment practices of the fire service, an in-depth analysis of the act and the guidelines issued subsequent to the act reveals a substantial impact on the fire protection features of buildings and facilities, with subsequent impact on prefire planning and incident tactics. The ADA was signed into law by President Bush on July 26, 1990. The act has been described by the White House as the “broadest expansion of the nation’s civil rights law since the Civil Rights Act of 1964″ and expands the federal civil rights laws to include an estimated 43 million disabled Americans. The law will allow these individuals an unprecedented opportunity to…

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