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Inside a Budget Fight: Casualties

By Scott Joerger In this series, Scott Joerger discusses his and other firefighters’ opinions about and response to the attempt to shut down his engine company. I hope that most firefighters never have to know what it is like to work at a firehouse or company that is proposed to be cut in an upcoming budget reduction. I hope that a fire chief never has to make a choice to close a company, reduce staffing, or eliminate a service.  I hope that a captain never has a budget fight to keep a company open or sink with the ship.  Unfortunately, these things happen, and it really drives morale down. Ask a firefighter from a company about a recent positive impact that he or his company ma...

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