Sunday, July 11, 2004

While Pittsburgh burns

Via Copeland, I learn that Pittsburgh firefighters are up to more shenanigans to save their jobs. If they really care about the city and the welfare of its residents--and I believe that most of them do--they will sit down and engage in a serious debate about the proper level of fire protection that is needed for a city the size of Pittsburgh, instead of trying to scare people into believing that any and all cuts to the fire department's budget are bad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a little gasoline for the fire:

City firefighters currently work 10 to 12 hours a week less than 85 percent of their counterparts nationwide. In fact, their workweek is 12 hours less than what is recognized as a normal "firefighter workweek" by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

OK, so multiply 900 firefighters times 12 hours a week and you get 10,800 hours of lost manpower each week. That's the equivalent of 250 firefighters or $20 million a year in unnecessary cost.

These figures are from the March issue of Pittsburgh Economic Quarterly. The author? Former city budget guy David Miller.

3:50 PM

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3:00 PM


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