This is problably simplistic, bu something I see as a problem.
With grants, Federal and State support, starting and funding an expanding FD Department probably won't be out of line in competing with private and maybe even volunteer costs.
What will eventually rear it's ugly head is long term costs decades down the rode. A FF hired young at 20 retires at 40 and starts collecting retirement with healthcare, another is hired in his place. 20 years later that guy retires and another is hired in his place. That guy retires and another is hired in his place.
Now we have 1 funded Firefighter job, easy to pay for initally with grants and levies at the beginning, but now that one job has not only the costs of 1 active FF, but the retirement and healthcare costs for 3 other guys, a 40 year old, a 60 year old and an 80 year old, their spouses and dependents. That is the long term cost problem for states, cities and local communities that have remained the same size for the 100 years or maybe have even shrunk and lost most of their business/manufacturing tax base.
This works across the board for every public employee.
Last edited by MulletLoad; 11-05-2012 at 10:28..