I actually posted the below on my original/main WordPress Blog Jottings and Writings before deciding to move all my Fire/EMs, etc stuff over to a new blog….
I know that all these budget cuts that I hear about have a profound effect on Fire Departments and Fire Stations everywhere. Perhaps most of you recall the part from the beginning of the movie backdraft where they have to fight that one big fire “John Wayne Style” – “Your On Your Own”…. Then afterwards the one lieutenant (forget his name, but he’s the main character0 is (sarcastically) thanking the government official for closing down stations and leaving them (the Fire Crew on scene) high and dry to fight the fire w/ no back-up….
The sad thing is…. How close to reality is that kind of thing (or at least heading in that direction). The pencil pushers do all their numbers games and say, “We need to cut back”….. Leaving Fire Stations fighting fires understaffed(?) and with out back-up.
fter talking to an old acquaintance, I decided I would (try) to put together a “story” on the affects of budget cuts on Fire Departments. A This is not meant to be specific to any one Department or situation, but rather a generalized gathering of information. I invite all Firefighters (or anyone involved in The Fire Service) to chime in with their thoughts & opinions. And, just so you know, Names will not be used (unless specifically requested) – so you can remain completely anonymous.
I would like to gather as much thoughts, opinions, and info as I can for this story from you (Firefighters), because it is you guys who are on the front lines of having to deal with these budget cuts – not the bureaucrats, not the government, not the media, but you guys.
I have set a “deadline” of publication for my “story” to be the end of this month – May. I don’t like pushing people with deadlines, but I also realize that if I leave this open ended, then I am less likely to get responses (and certainly not in a timely manner).
I look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks! And Thank You for all you do 🙂