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Michael Kirby

Dispatches from Washington

Michael Kirby has worked since 2008 for a credentialed news bureau on Capitol Hill that provides digital video and information services to news organizations across the web. Kirby graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2007 with a BA in philosophy, minoring in history. He is interested in many legislative topics, and always has an eye on public safety-related news because he grew up around the firehouse.

The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission members detail recommendations for a Senate committee
In testimony before a House subcommittee, one fire chief stated the training alone will cost fire departments billions
The U.S. fire administrator, FDNY chief fire marshal, IAFC president and FSRI executive director detailed lithium-ion battery dangers facing firefighters and the general public
Planned Senate hearing, bills find new interest as smoke from Canadian fires reaches D.C.
Urgency drives Congress to act before program expires
Ohio Western Reserve Joint Fire District Chief David Comstock urged increased funding for grants and safety programs to support hazmat training for firefighters
A look back and ahead as a tumultuous session turns to lame duck
The Public Safety Officer Support Act supports first responders who experienced PTSD or died by suicide following exposure to certain traumatic events
Legislation allows injured federal first responders who continue service in government to retain retirement
FirstNet, warning systems focus of House subcommittee update