Busy fire department

 

Once again, Miami-Dade County’s budget is tight and firefighters are being blamed. The fire department needed a small millage increase in order to maintain the service currently being provided, yet commissioners are talking about removing kitchens and the use of lights. The fact is fire stations are open and running 24 hours, 365 days. And, firefighters are seen at Publix because they don’t go on lunch or dinner breaks.

The increased millage isn’t about giving firefighters more money or benefits. Here is something no one seems to say: In 2012, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was once again the eighth busiest fire department in all of North America. They responded to 238,800 calls in 2012, an increase of more than 3,000 calls from 2011. The firefighters that work for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are very busy, and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

Maybe commissioners should educate themselves as to what firefighters do.

Tony Bryant, Miami

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