Blame Local Government For Fire Service Shortfalls

With so much attention focused on the threat of terrorism and the effort to get help from federal programs, it’s important to remember that local government has caused most of the problems that face the nation’s fire departments. It’s not...


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To my knowledge, the Boston Globe series is the first time a major news organization has exposed the danger of fire department response and staffing problems. They’ve done an outstanding job and deserve the highest journalism honors for research and investigative reporting. It would be a tremendous breakthrough if other newspapers and television stations could be encouraged to do similar reporting in their regions. Bringing it out in the open is the only way to start to undo the damage that too many local jurisdictions have inflicted on their fire departments for the last 27 years. (The entire Boston Globe series of articles can be viewed at www.boston.com/fires.)


Hal Bruno, a Firehouse® contributing editor, retired as political director for ABC News in Washington and served almost 40 years as a volunteer firefighter. He is a director of the Chevy Chase, MD, Fire Department and chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.