I know we’re only five weeks in, but my vote (so far) for Fire Daily’s “Person of the Year” goes to the citizens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Virtually every other citizen -nay- “patriot” in our wondrous country is screaming at the top of their lungs for their governmental leaders to hold the line on spending and slash the tax burdens that weigh so heavily upon them.
Unencumbered by economic woes and apparently flush with manpower and resources, the leaders Philly taxpayers have elected to control their purses are preparing to step up to the plate and dole out their hard-earned cash to the red-headed stepchild across the Delaware.
In a different taxing body.
In a different state.
Read this report from a Philly fire captain in his blog, First In, complete with a letter from the Camden Chief to his troops.
In the letter, Camden Fire Chief Michael Harper writes about the current efforts between his city and Philadelphia to develop a “mutual aid package for extraordinary aid of fire department services.” This Philly fire captain is not looking forward to taking his Pennsylvania certifications and Pennsylvania equipment into the hell hole that is now Camden and doing the work previously done by the Camden guys who now find themselves without a job.
Ahhh. Now it makes complete sense how Camden officials could assure their citizens that public safety would not be compromised when they slashed personnel last month.
So to all the taxpayers in Philadelphia, thanks for having the wisdom to elect such generous leaders to share your vast wealth and resources!
Also on Fire Daily…
- One lump or two? Moline drops the axe on 12 firefighter/paramedics. – December 14, 2011
- Video: Worst Fire Department in the United States? – January 19, 2012
- PA LODD- 19-yr old Brandon Little dies while responding in his POV – January 19, 2012
- Leave a voicemail letting Firefighter Netcast know what you think about “Pay to Spray” in Obion County TN and elsewhere! Toll free 888-887-8718 – December 6, 2011