Support our Fire Department

Posted: April 15, 2004

THE PHILADELPHIA Fire Department is facing extraordinary budget cuts for the next fiscal year. In the mayor's budget proposal, the department is going to lose as many as 11 fire companies (4 engine and 7 ladder), a staggering number.

This budget not only eliminates neighborhood fire companies, it also reduces the staff of every ladder truck in the city by one firefighter. These cuts are going to put our children and senior citizens in grave danger, response times to fires and emergency medical calls can only lengthen with a cut of this magnitude.

As our world changes every day it is essential that the people of Philadelphia be protected. In this time of change, our budget should not be cut by $9 million, but increased marginally.

The Fire Department has had an 89 percent satisfaction rate among Philadelphians this past year. This rating is due to the education and awareness programs performed in our schools and communities as well as the department's ability to respond to all emergency calls in a timely manner.

Thomas P. O'Drain, President

Philadelphia Fire Fighters Union

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