Monitoring the news wires lately, there have been numerous changes in the chiefs' ranks from coast to coast. Last year's keynote speaker at Firehouse Expo, former FDNY Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano, has been appointed as New York City's fire commissioner. Ed Kilduff, former Brooklyn borough commander, was promoted to FDNY chief of department. Several other Firehouse* contributors, speakers and instructors also have made the news lately.
AS FIREHOUSE® SEES IT >>> By HARVEY EISNER Trying to Do More With Less? W 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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