I wish I was more educated on the topic of pension reform but the more I look into it the more I just get irritated. Firefighters and Police Officers exist not for the everyday but for the “what if.” Yet, we need to compensate them for the everyday because we never know when that “what if” will happen. Additionally, these “what if” scenarios can be as simple as a downed power line to as complicated as a 3 car collision involving extrication and rapid medical care.
Those are simple facts that people know, but they act like all firemen do is sit around the station in their big recliners, watching their big televisions, and eating their home cooked fire house meals. They don’t realize that firefighters spend most of the day (more than eight hours) training, completing fire inspections, checking the equipment, providing public education, and conducting per-fire plans for local businesses while responding to call. Then they spend the rest of the night trying to relax because if they get a call at 2am they want to be rested and alert to provide the best care possible. And all that is on a good day. Some days they run calls back to back, rarely get to eat, and never sleep. They spend the whole 24hrs providing care to other people.
Is pension reform need? YES!
I honestly believe that there should be a better way with the current economy to provide stable and affordable pensions.
I just don’t understand the logic behind paying firefighters and police officer less. They aren’t soldiers but they provide the same sort of selfless service to the community.