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Short Staffing: It’s Time for Another Congressional Funding Drill

It is an embarrassing fact that for the past 30 years the staffing of fire apparatus has continued to decline. Staffing is like our crazy aunt in the basement-no one wants to talk about it. The countrywide practice of sending two or even, shamefully, one firefighter on an apparatus continues to this day. To address this issue, which is the most significant problem facing America’s firefighters, it is useful to remember an old axiom attributed to the former Speaker of the House, the late Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill: “All politics is local.” We have to focus our political energies locally.You can assemble as many fire trucks as they do on the floor of FDIC, b...

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