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 Trying to Do More With Less?

                                    ith the state of the fire service in flux due to the continuing fiscal crisis, in this issue
            Fire                    we take a three-pronged look at the lack of money, budget cuts, givebacks and zero
                                    raises for fire departments and what it means to the fire service and the services we
   departments         provide to the public. In our latest column, Telling It Like It Is, we discuss budget cuts. For the
                       most part, every time we are asked to cut the fire department budget, we try to do more with
      across the       less. When confronted with the same reductions, the police say they can’t maintain the same
                       level of service. When are we going to learn? Let us know your thoughts.
    country are             Speaking of budget cuts, we asked Ed Ballam, the newest member of the Firehouse® editorial
                       team, to examine the effects that budget cuts, layoffs, brownouts and fire department mergers
                       are taking on paid departments. Fire departments across the country are balancing the need
      balancing        for protecting the public and ensuring the safety of firefighters; it makes an interesting read.
                       Finally, in his Fire Politics column, Dennis Compton discusses how politicians think that severe
    the need for       budget cuts will not negatively impact public safety. The three key elements of the fire service’s
                       core mission are prevention, public education and emergency response. These three services
      protecting       serve equally important roles. Better-educated decision-makers and civilians can make more
                       informed decisions on possible fire service reductions.
      the public                                                           •••
                            In this month’s Guest Commentary, Michael P. Dallessandro discusses the number 932. In
   and ensuring        an editorial last May, I listed the number of line-of-duty deaths tabulated by the National Fire
                       Protection Association (NFPA) between 1977 and 2007. There were 3,826 firefighters killed in
    the safety of      the line of duty, including 932 who died responding to or returning from alarms. Mr. Dalles-
                       sandro discusses the significance of this quite disturbing number. Every apparatus driver needs
                       to read this article and make sure we arrive alive; otherwise, we are no good to the people who
    firefighters.      just called us for help.
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