Back to the RadioSpace™ home page


NewsDirect story topics:

Consumer, Business & General Interest

Current Events & Public Affairs

Entertainment & Sports

Health & Medicine


With Fire-Department Layoffs and Furloughs Already Near 1,000, America Might Be Facing the Largest Cuts to Fire Service in Modern Times


bocina.gif (3353 bytes)
Fully produced report in:
MP3 format
Ogg Vorbis format
QuickTime (MPEG-4/AAC) format
Windows Media Audio 9.2 format
(92 seconds)


  Bookmark and Share

-- How Will You Use This Story? --


(OPEN):
THE "COVID-19"-PANDEMIC HAS ALREADY TAKEN THE LIVES OF AT LEAST 26 FIREFIGHTERS, NATIONWIDE.  AND, RELATED BUDGET-CUTS HAVE, SO FAR, RESULTED IN THE LAYOFF--OR FURLOUGH--OF ALMOST ONE-THOUSAND FIRE-DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE LATEST DATA FROM THE "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE-CHIEFS"--WHICH ALSO PROJECTS THAT AS MANY AS 30-THOUSAND FIRE-DEPARTMENT JOBS COULD BE LOST, BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.  THE GROUP'S CURRENT PRESIDENT IS GARY LUDWIG--WHO'S ALSO THE FIRE-CHIEF IN CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS...

(LUDWIG):
"
THE SAME FIREFIGHTERS WHOM THE NATION CONSIDERED 'ESSENTIAL' IN BATTLING 'COVID-19' ARE SUDDENLY TOLD [THAT] THEY'RE NO LONGER NEEDED.  WITH NEARLY A THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS AND SUPPORT-PERSONNEL MISSING FROM THE FRONTLINES AT THIS EARLY STAGE, IT'S CLEAR THAT THESE CUTS WILL BE DEEP AND LONG-LASTING:  WE'LL BE LESS-PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE PANDEMIC--AND WITH EVERY OTHER EMERGENCY.  ALSO, SOME VOLUNTEER FIRE-DEPARTMENTS MIGHT BE FORCED TO CLOSE ALTOGETHER--LEAVING ENTIRE COMMUNITIES WITHOUT NEARBY 'EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES' OR FIRE-PROTECTION."

(BRIDGE):
TO HELP THE NATION'S FIRE-DEPARTMENTS, LUDWIG URGES CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE TO ACT NOW...

(LUDWIG):
"
MEANINGFUL FEDERAL-FUNDING IS ESSENTIAL TO PREVENT THE LARGEST CUTS TO FIRE AND 'E-M-S' SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION.  THAT'S WHY WE'VE ASKED FOR 10-BILLION DOLLARS THAT WOULD GO DIRECTLY TO FIRE-DEPARTMENTS--THROUGH TWO VERY SUCCESSFUL GRANT-PROGRAMS THAT WERE AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS, YEARS AGO.  MEMBERS-OF-CONGRESS PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THESE GRANTS, EACH YEAR, FOR FIRE-DEPARTMENTS IN THEIR OWN STATES AND DISTRICTS.  BUT, THEY'VE NEVER BEEN MORE CRITICAL THAN RIGHT NOW."

(CLOSE):
TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "I-A-F-C"-DOT-ORG.



Copyright 2020 North American Network, Inc.

Listings and resources:

Programming Resources

About RadioSpace

Audio Tips

Search

Free NewsDirect Subscription


Webmaster E-Mail