Did Taylor Hack Off The Firefighters?

That is what some are telling RedState.

Last week, Lt. Gov. Taylor spoke to the Joint Fire Chiefs/Firefighters Association Annual Conference at Lake Lanier. During the speech, Lt. Gov. Taylor talked about how law enforcement in Georgia needs more money and resources. It was a big focus of his speech.

Firefighters (and others) are telling Peach Pundit that the Firefighters consider “law enforcement

6 comments

  1. atlantaman says:

    I know in Atlanta the firefighters are really pissed off about the fact the don’t earn the same pay the police earn. It was big controversy for Shirley and I believe she vetoed the City Council’s efforts to bring the firefighter pay in-line with the police.

    I’m sure the firefighters really appreciated going to Lake Lanier and hearing Mark Taylor go on and on about how law enforcement needs more money. I don’t think Taylor could be so senile as to read the wrong speech (that was very Strom Thrumond like), it seems like he was just politically tone-deaf on the issue.

  2. RandyMiller says:

    Also a text book example of the mistakes made by a politician who panders to too many groups just to get votes.

  3. Mike Hauncho says:

    I support the fire fighter and the police but can anyone explain why the fire department thinks it should earn the same as the police? I know they are both very dangerous jobs and requires long hours but they are two seperate things which does not mean they should have to be paid the same.

  4. shep1975 says:

    Pay is not even the top complaint amoung most firefighters. Usually it has to deal with equipment. Firefighters need pretty specialized equipment to go into burning buildings. Aside from the intense heat of the fire itself, there is toxic smoke and the possibility of collapsing structures. Firefighters are constantly battling police for those dollars. Many firefighting companies in Georgia are still volunteer (only 1/10 is paid) and can’t even get a line item in most county budgets to buy uniforms so the volunteer firefighters have to pay for them out of their own pockets.

    There are other issues they deal with including the physical stress of fighting fires. Battling a big fire on a hot Georgia day, I have talked to firefighters who have dropped 30 pounds in water weight in less than 4 hours. There is an unusually high number of massive heart attacks and strokes suffered by firefighters, even those who are realtively young and fit, 24 to 48 hours after battling a large fire.

    Many firefighters, unlike most police, are trained paramedics.

    Need more?

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