These guys are beyond the pale. The fire service, and all public employees, are taking a beating from the public during this recession. We are good scapegoats while the city fathers find ways to shuffle dollars to pet projects. Fire a firefighter a day, but make sure the city’s tennis club is functional!
We have to find a way to counter this tide of anti-public-worker sentiment and the general notion that an adequately staffed fire department is not necessary. The fire service must find a way to articulate all the things it does and why the public needs those things done. We need leaders who can transcend the antiquated notion of the firefighters playing dominos in the kitchen while waiting on this month’s fire. It’s past time to get savvy.