These fires are a tragedy, but they also are a reality that must be dealt with. The Philadelphia Fire Department has been forced to conduct rolling brownouts since August. That means, in plain English: the city is closing down firehouses--and slowing down response time.
As a result, the cost is one to public safety, in property, and even in lives, as Bill Gault, the President of the Philadelphia Fire Fighter’s Union points out in this Fox News 10 video.
Putting budgetary issues before public safety is a poor choice; budgetary changes should be made without sacrificing safety.