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What is a Firefighter Worth?

by James McGowan

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If you think firemen are getting paid too much and should have their wages and benefits cut back then in the next case of emergency call a baseball,football or a basketball player

dave mcbride | 2013-12-08 15:43:58

And that kind of thinking is why we should take care of those who do care about other people other than themselves

longshoremark | 2013-02-06 19:04:08

This article appears to be directed to those who think firefighters are paid to much, or think their pay should be cut. At least in Holliston, everything I've read and written myself suggests the exact opposite. On the issue of benefits, it's interesting that the current pension and retiree heath insurance benefits are so expensive, the leaders of our government can't even bring themselves to charge taxpayers the real cost of providing them. Ask the firefighters in bankrupt Central Falls RI how they're enjoying the loss of their pension and health care benefits because Rhode Island, like Massachusetts never paid the real cost of those benefit programs. Now, Holliston is $45 million in debt and the State is billions in debt for retiree health insurance alone. Pensions are on top of that. If those who advocate to retain the current benefits can't even figure out how to cover the real cost, isn't it ok to consider alternatives that we can actually pay for? If I were a firefighter, and I had a choice to a.) be in benefit plans that are financially sound enough to actually provide my benefits or b.) be in benefit plans that falsely acknowledge my sacrifices by either leaving me high and dry when I need them most, or my kids further burdened with costs that have been kicked down the road for decades, I'd choose a.).

Bill Dowd | 2012-05-05 23:39:54