06/21/07 279 W - + 24 - 7 Helping Your Firefighters

And like that terrible time 69 months ago, the nation's attention has again turned to the fire service. Editorials are appearing. Features are being written. Video clips are being recorded. Meet the firemen and firewomen. Learn about their equipment, their lives, and what it feels like inside a burning building. They've been here all along, of course. Firefighters are silent heroes, and their presence is easily under-appreciated. There's the neighborhood fire station, always there, always ready. That's the sound of a siren, you hear it every day. Pause, notice, and resume your activities. The kids are more aware. They're drawn to these soldiers like moths to... flames. There's also that week in October. It's a comfortable routine, except at times like this. This punch to the gut is painful. You wince, you weep, and you think. The guys and gals on the line have their hands full. Dealing, coping, learning, adapting. The community can support them, and the service welcomes their support. How will you, citizen reader, support your fire service? Ask them what they want. Chances are they'll talk about such things as staffing, stations, and equipment. (They will also talk about sprinklers, building codes, and life safety. But that's another story.) This is budget time, or at least the tail end of same. Consider expressing your support for the fire service to your elected officials. Then do it again in January. Then do it again in June. You get the idea. Firefighters do what they do, because it's what they do. They don't ask for much. The resources to do their jobs. The safest preexisting conditions possible. And that's about it. Help them help you.

It’s unfortunate that things have to be like this; it takes a major tragedy such as this to get attention. In a few weeks, we’ll be out of sight, out of mind…...again. We’ll still be understaffed, we’ll (in this state) still have 30 year retirement and the general public will still complain if a proposal to raise taxes is on the table for manpower/overtime.

I read an article in “Money” magazine debating “are you prepared for retirement?”. Right now, it’s projected that you need at least 75-80% of your salary after retirement to live. Some crtics say close to 100%. Our pension? 54%.....
Silver - 06/21/07 - 09:00

Do we all do this job with retirement figures on our mind. I speak for myself in saying that is the last thing on my mind in this time of mourning for our brothers in Charleston. Instead of worrying how we are going to retire lets worry about how we can make it safely to retirement. Will we learn from these LODD or be bitter about retirement figures.
old school - 06/21/07 - 23:40

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