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Quite frankly, even over 40 years ago, I never found our county and others any more willing to support even the minimal equipment, logistical and training needs of our volunteers than they would later be of their professionals. Nor were they any more appreciative of their services. And now, we should have little expectation that such local governments are going to be very creative in recruiting and rewarding volunteers. After all, many politicians are doing everything possible to make a career as a professional firefighter less attractive and less rewarding than it has been for decades.
I have often found it interesting too how many of these small communities where even many professionals accept the community’s inability to support at least a partially paid or combination department can nearly always afford paid, professional law enforcement. It should also be remembered that firefighters in every service profile almost always provide emergency medical first response as well.
Many of these communities may find themselves having little choice but to pay in one way or another for what is most certainly a core function of government – the protection of citizens in an adequate and effective manner.
12th District Vice President
International Association of
I read with sadness of the passing of Hal Bruno (see December 2011 issue). There are many heroes of fire department lore, and I would say Hal is right in there at the top. He was one of the true honorable people who have graced the confines of the fire service community. May we find another such as Hal to keep the fire service’s integrity alive. Keep up the wonderful work in the articles written for all firefighters to read, enjoy and learn.
Battalion Chief (ret.)