Since before the Great Recession, federal Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response grants have aided in local jurisdictions' constant struggle to maintain safe and effective staffing on front-line units (career and volunteer).
The efficacy and administration of federal homeland security grant programs, of which SAFER is a part, continue to be a subject of political debate. Part of the issue is that many folks in our communities don't entirely understand how their fire and emergency services are provided, by whom, and how much it costs.
Fundamentally, there's an idea that technology can somehow "stand-in" for "boots on the ground" firefighters; we know better.
VALLEJO, Calif. — Unlike the sisters of many people who graduate this time of year, Kristin Alberti watched with rapt attention Friday as her brother vaulted into a smoky room to rescue a "baby" before he received his diploma.
Jonathan Alberti was followed to the left, right, above and behind by his nine fellow firefighter graduates.
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