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During the nations bicentennial in 1976, a contest involved firehouse apparatus doors with paintings depicting patriotic scenes. There was an old firehouse in Brooklyn, NY, for Engine 206 before they moved to a new location. The front door of Engine 206 had a painting of three Revolutionary War soldiers with a fife, drum and American flag.

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									 AS FIREHOUSE® SEES IT                                           >>>
By HARVEY EISNER




                                                     Show Me the Money


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                                                udging by the headlines on this page, it seems like no city or town in the U.S. is safe
                                                from money trouble. People in the private sector have been and continue to be laid
                                                off by the tens of thousands. The fire service is another group that apparently is a
                                            sacrificial lamb. When budget directors, mayors and councils want to save money, who
                                            is getting laid off, browned out, fire companies closed, staff decreased, civilian positions
                                            eliminated? The fire service. Who is suffering, besides the firefighters and their families?
                                       Bill Noonan




                                            The public they are supposed to serve. The result? Increased response times, inadequate
                                            manpower on the first alarm, bad feelings and hostility.
                                                 During the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, a contest involved firehouse apparatus doors
  This was the scene in Boston, MA.
                                            with paintings depicting patriotic scenes. There was an old firehouse in Brooklyn, NY,
                                            for Engine 206 before they moved to a new location. The front door of Engine 206 had a
   Revere firefighters                      painting of three Revolutionary War soldiers with a fife, drum and American flag. The say-
                             balk at        ing above the painting was “200 Years and Still Minutemen.” Despite reduced tax revenues,
  salary freeze                             some politicians think it is OK for firefighters to arrive a little later and travel a little farther
                                            with fewer personnel. My first borough administrator said you can never decrease your
                          get Cuts
Possible Flint Budic Safety                 response time as a volunteer department. We’ve been preaching that seconds count in a fire
Could Affect Publ                           since Ben Franklin, but apparently today that doesn’t matter anymore.
                                                 The politicians have altered the physics of fire. It is tough to say, but I hope it isn’t their
 Sacramento firefigh                        house we are responding to or their car accident or their heart attack. That would be a
                            ters            different story. People are going to get hurt and it is bound to happen somewhere across
 tentatively agree to
                           give up          the country that a firefighter will lose his or her life because of stress or overwork result-
raises to preser ve jo                      ing from the increased workload.
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