As Firehouse Sees It: Staying Alive and Improving Firefighter Safety for Most

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released its annual Firefighter Fatality Report showing a total of 61 on-duty firefighter deaths in the United States in 2011, the lowest annual total of firefighter deaths for the second...


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Speaking of the FDNY, the City Council found funds to keep 20-plus companies from being disbanded. Some of these companies have been on the chopping block for many years. Not so lucky were some Baltimore City, MD, fire companies, especially Truck 15, which was closed after having served for 104 years and being the busiest truck in the city, according to our National Run Survey. Detroit, MI, was scheduled to disband 10 engines, four trucks and one squad and demote 193 personnel. At the end of July, 164 firefighters were to be laid off. This is in response to a $23 million cut to the fire department budget. The firefighters are caught up in this continuing fiscal crisis in Detroit. Engine 23 called out of service after 113 years. Arson still runs rampant. Recently, there were 16 fires on the city’s East side in six hours. I find it amazing in this day and age that Detroit, in the shape it is in, is even part of the U.S. Portions of the city are like a third world country. In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. government allocated the following amounts for aid: Total economic and military assistance: $52.7 billion. Total military assistance: $15.0 billion, total economic assistance: $37.7 billion. It’s absolutely mindboggling that we give away so much and can’t take care of real Americans here at home. Disgusting.

  

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