This post is supposed to run about 700 words but instead, because of the budget crunch, 300 words will be closed during the day, only to reappear at night during busier times. Sounds ridiculous but even more so when one discovers city and county officials think along these lines.
The Mayor of Philadelphia is closing fire stations but you can trust him. He claims service won't diminish at all. Obviously failing to see the pink elephant in the room he states this with a straight face. Aren't Mayoral aides around to correct their masters? Or, are they hiding from Philly's bravest?
The FDNY is closing shop on five engine companies during daylight hours because fires only occur at night. In addition, lest a firefighter learn a valuable skill, probationary school is now going to be cut by five weeks. Pesky thing that education.
Atlanta is using rolling brownouts wherein a ladder company is shut down because it costs money to run a fire department. Instead of the Mayor leading the charge on this one the fire chief is the public face of a poor policy. Perhaps a run for Mayor is in his future?
We have seen this before. In New York in the 70s and Boston in the 80s fire departments declined, calls went up and firefighters battled during "the war years."
Excuse the sarcasm but lives are at stake. Rescue1.com readers see it but our elected officials and their minions are too busy preparing to fiddle while Rome burns.