Interest and discussion in this historic re-sizing of public fire protection services has greatly diminished. These are summarized in the Multi-Year Summary Report below. – Considerably more career fire departments are in trouble than initially reported.
The STAFFING PAGE has been updated and loaded with information, statistics, commentary and advice to aid the readers – managers, policy makers, labor leaders, researchers, community leaders, reporters, and all who have a stake in the public safety of their community. 2 – Analyze and summarize what has happened due to budget cuts in the past year.
Tax revenues were high, so rather than open messy labor battles, politicians mostly gave in and gave public-worker unions what they wanted.
When the economy dropped into the abyss in 2007, tax revenues went with it – but union benefits remained.
For decades, their benefits rose with the fortunes of a growth economy.
Small and mid-size city fire departments are being hit the hardest. For the most part, resistance by the fire service community has been ineffective. 3 – Multi-Year Summary Report Note the article from the January 2011 issue of “GOVERNING” by Jonathan Walters and read what policy makers are thinking and saying! Document your community presence at every opportunity.Russian roulette has 5 blanks and one bullet – you see the bullet, they see the blanks. It is there so that you can use it for ideas when you are defending your department against cuts.Please take a moment to review and update the fire departments that you know about and send us the information.Remember, you may have been to dozens of fires, hundreds of wrecks, and thousands of sick calls, but must people are experiencing their first and only one, and it is tragic for them.Remember that your mostly secure job has been funded by the taxes of others who may have recently lost their own jobs.Feel free to use this information as a guide for comparison, inspiration, provocation and education. 1 – From the many comments that the budgetary crisis did not begin with the recent economic crash, but in fact, has been draining some fire departments since 2000, we researched the archives and brought out the cuts, closures, and staff reductions for the last ten years. It is evident that fire departments are being targeted nationwide.Noted also is the Staffing page has reported only on the departments for which you submitted information. The primary objectives are contracts, salaries, and benefit packages.Don’t tell them that a company isn’t needed, but that by rotating closures; you can’t prioritize which ones you don’t need.You are actually telling them that you don’t need any from the rotation schedule. Consequences of fire department budget cuts are listed next and cumulative information is listed last.The furor in Wisconsin led to a failed recall-election against anti-union Gov.Scott Walker that may, in turn, embolden further attacks on unions in coming years.