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    Question Creating awareness for FF needs

    Hi,

    What most Americans don't realize is their local fire department may be fighting fires with unsafe or out-dated equipment. It's really sad that the folks that look after our safety are denied the resources to protect theirs. Therefore, I would love to create awareness and raise money regarding this issue.

    I'm hoping some firefighters can share with me some the problems that departments face (IE: out-dated equipment, poor benefits, etc.).

    As the daughter of a retired firefighter, I realize departments are faced with these challenges. Unfortunately so many people do not.

    Thank you in advance for any information, stories, etc. that you can share.

    Dana


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    Hi Dana,

    You're certainly undertaking a worthy cause. I suggest that you start with the USFA (US Fire Administration) and see if they have a web site that summarizes the type of information you are looking for on a national basis. You can then supplement this information with anecdotal stories that you get from various places around the country. Good luck.
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    Dana

    I'm with you on the antiquated, substandard equipment and training. There are lots of depts around both of our countries that are working in completely deplorable conditions.

    Something that I have been rolling around in my head is the US federal funding that was allocated to the fire service this year. I don't think the powers that be have found a home for it yet. It would go a long way to help the small/vollie depts that have little or no proper training, and outdated equipment. Problem is I don't know who to contact to get the ball rolling on it.

    I don't think that the large depts should be funded directly from the federal funding. If there is money left over from equiping the small depts properly, then they should be allowed to apply for money, but it should still go where the need is the greatest. The obvious problem is that if depts go after the federal funding and get it, then the city planners who allocate funds are likely to cut the budget again, hoping that uncle sam will step in and pick up the tab.

    There are lots of good discussions on here about the lack of proper equipment, if you have the time and can go back a couple months.

    The key is public education. You are exactly right that people don't realize that firefighters are being asked to work in conditions below what is acceptable from a safety stand point. If you look on the news page, you should be able to find lots of stories, you'll have to go back a bit. As far as budgets and the like Houston is a really good example of what should not be happening.

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    Thank you CJ and Temptaker.

    Dana

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    Most people think if the truck is red and pumps water everything is OK. Dana you have taken on a welcome cause, in our county most trucks were bilt in the seventies. Good luck with your undertaking for fire depts.

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    One of the biggest problems I find is the lack of qualified personnel we have in the military. In our fire academy almost anyone who is sent there (and many of them have no real desire to be in the fire service) can be pushed through the school with little problem. This creates a problem for me and others that I've talked to. Because instead of a department full of dedicated, willing firefighters, our station is filled with people who happened to be sent into this career field. Now this is fine for other jobs, but when someone is on the same line as me and doesn't know what they're doing that puts me and others at risk, which I feel is unacceptable. But unfortunately this isn't going to change any time soon. I hope other departments don't have this problem, it's a big one!

    Alright, enough whining for now, I'll go back to my mindless wandering...
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    Kiwi, how about this?

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