Time to re-privatize fire departments

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July 18, 2011
Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray and Matthew Melchiorre  
Posted in Commentary

"All across America, municipal governments are awakening to the costs of overly-generous public sector compensation. In Orange County, California, the average total pay and benefits package for a firefighter is $175,000 a year. Firefighter unions say that there can be no cuts to fire department budgets without putting the safety of the public at risk. Yet for most of the nation's history, firefighting services were reliably provided by the private sector. Today, one county in Georgia is showing how that can be done again." (07/15/11)



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