Why Do We Come in Last?

Chiaramonte, Mike
June 2005
Fire Chief;Jun2005, Vol. 49 Issue 6, p24
Trade Publication
The article discusses the reasons for low budgetary allocations to fire departments in the United States. The author notes that when budgets are determined, the fire department is not on the top of the list. The fire service is so accustomed to dealing with budget cuts that it now has become part of the job. According to the author, fire administrators must become well-informed about proposed local, state and federal legislation as well as other issues that affect the fire service. They must take active part in the democratic process and speak up on issues that affect the fire service.


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