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    Default Hialeah FD Layoffs

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/2...epartment.html

    Anyone read this?

    What are your thoughts on the reader comments?

    As fire departments what are some proactive things we can do to better educate our citizens on what we do? I have some ideas...looking for yours.

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    Its definitely an uphill battle. We have politicians on the local, state, and federal level throwing us under the bus at every possible turn. A lot of citizens are also getting laid off, losing retirements, losing 401(k) value, or taking paycuts; they are jealous of us right now.

    Our biggest challenge is showing that our "downtime" isn't wasted time. That we do productive things in between calls and that "downtime" doesn't mean we are under worked or that companies should be cut.

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    Anybody else notice the absence of the mention of layoffs in all of the other city departments? Seems a bit suspicious to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireMedic049 View Post
    Anybody else notice the absence of the mention of layoffs in all of the other city departments? Seems a bit suspicious to me.
    It seems that it is a political vendetta against the FD.

    Pay no attention to those comments. A survey was just put out that Miami (next to Hialeah) is the most uneducated city in the country. The local paper also just did a 3 part series exposing firefighter and police pay, pension and benefit packages. You add that to the 12% unemployment rate for the area and you have many jealous people.
    Most of the citizens have no idea what we do and as you can see, think we eat all day. Many people believe that the fire and ems are separate down here (they are combined).
    Hialeah FD is a very busy department (30,000 + runs a year out of 7 stations) that offers a great service. It is going to be very interesting to see how they run things once half the department is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The5thBattalion View Post
    Hialeah FD is a very busy department (30,000 + runs a year out of 7 stations) that offers a great service. It is going to be very interesting to see how they run things once half the department is gone.

    And yet, the elected officials were quick to tout the age old cut services adage of "This is not going to affect public safety"... BS. Yet, we still see articles like this

    http://www.firehouse.com/news/top-he...icidal-man-bay


    That occur because of budget cuts. When the hell are people going to wake up to the lies????
    The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jccrabby3084 View Post
    And yet, the elected officials were quick to tout the age old cut services adage of "This is not going to affect public safety"... BS. Yet, we still see articles like this

    http://www.firehouse.com/news/top-he...icidal-man-bay


    That occur because of budget cuts. When the hell are people going to wake up to the lies????
    To me, it's pretty much been said- jealousy and ignorance. As well as the fact that we humans tend to believe what we want to believe-even in the face of overwhelming truth. Some people will believe anything, as long as it's printed in a ligitimate looking paper or blog, etc. Same goes for the idiot box.

    Popular media is not about news or facts- it's about selling more ad space via ratings. Hence the sensationalism, yellow journalism, and endless empty crusading. Sadly, far too many are too ignorant or just plain lazy to see through it or bother to look into things themselves.

    Some people wake up when budget and service cuts directly affect them. Others never do- it's much easier to play the blame game than to look in the mirror for answers, much less get involved and try to HELP rectify the situation.

    Living in the so-called information age doesn't help... We have been trained to seek instant gravitation, and to put off, ignore, or just whine about anything that requires actual effort. Poverty and joblessness doesn't help either- people in those positions tend to support anything or anyone that seems to offer relief. This includes tax and municipal budget cuts, particularly for items that seem to effect them the least. Nobody wants to hear about the consequences of new laws, budgets, or policies- they just see the upside( if it promises them what they want).

    The issues causing the budget shortfalls are many and complicated. It'll require REAL sacrifice and hard decisions from everyone- not just a few municipal employees. Two things we, in our modern society are extremely allergic to.

    As for the comments- just remember: One million morons with one million computers equals the internet. It seems that only those with axes to grind, or low IQ's bother to leave comments on news sites...

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