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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.
AS FIREHOUSE® SEES IT >>> By HARVEY EISNER Show Me the Money J 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. bs For all the programs the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has i
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