Friday, January 14, 2011

It's time to end fire station brownouts

Today's post is written by intern Olivia Natan.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost their homes Monday in West Philly, the students and teachers who have lost the Global Leadership Academy Sunday in two five-alarm blazes. We also want to take just a moment to recognize the brave firefighters who battled the fires and rescued reside
nts of the apartment complex.

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.

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