WSJ: Fire & Public Safety Seeing Budget Cuts

From Colorado Springs to New York City local government is feeling the effects of fewer tax dollars in city coffers. The inevitable has begun, the sacred staff are feeling the falling axe.

The Wall Street Journal points to municipalities from coast to coast that are feeling the pinch.

I suspect new hires in the fire service will pay the price, and soon. Three percent at 50, the current retirement package at the state, county and city level in California may soon be a thing of the past. Maybe it is time to revisit some sacred cow benefits. Move retirement to 60 with a light duty or a training clause towards the end? Just saying.

I suspect a premium will be (and should be) placed on our volunteer firefighting forces as well. Times are changing, time to come up with some fresh ideas.

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