Firefighter Involvement in Law Enforcement Activities

Issue 12 and Volume 154.

Some of us are old enough to remember the years of civil unrest in the 1960s and 1970s. We can picture in our minds fire streams directed at civilians. I can say that for as many times as I have seen this, I have never noticed who was “on the nozzle.” Perhaps that was orchestrated to keep “us”-the firefighters-from being perceived as “the bad guys.” More likely, it was that we weren’t the focus of the story-the crowds being dispersed were. We must be truly blessed in the Great Lakes area. I hear other chiefs talk of drug labs in their area-of raids, fires, and explosions and of chiefs being asked (or told) to allow law enforcement officials to pose as firefighters on inspections or on EMS runs in suspected labs. There are many instances of fire departments being asked to assist law enforcement agencies in their duties. I have…

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