Captain's Corner: Keeping Things Positive

11/30/2010
By Michael HenniganFire departments across the country are under attack. If you believe what you read in the newspapers you would surely be convinced that every state and municipal budget shortfall could be attributed to too generous pensions, over staffing, and overpaid and uncompromising firefighters. Even departments that are not suffering a budget squeeze find themselves besieged by this opportunity to demonize the fire service to reduce pay and benefits. I was there in our darkest days. The early 1970s saw strikes by firefighters in many major cities, my own included. The only winners were the politicians that savored our self-destruction as we marched into t...

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