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Preparing For Life After The Fire Service

By James McLaughlin

Tough economic times are impacting the pensions of those who have given their lives to service. This is causing some firefighters to consider early retirement or face dramatic reductions in pensions and benefits. Now the question is: Are you ready for Plan B? What are you doing to prepare for your next career?

The Problem with the Public Safety Officer: The “Real” Challenges of Consolidating Police and Fire

By James McLaughlin With the financial strains currently facing many city managers and mayors throughout the country, consolidation of services is a hot topic in town halls everywhere. Because fire and police departments are often two of the most expensive departments in the total budget, it is not surprising that the consolidation of the two makes sense to fiscal managers as a way to save money in the short term.