LA Times: First responders who don't

Steven Greenhut: Here is my piece from today’s Los Angeles Times regarding police and fire officials who are too bureaucratic and uncaring to do their jobs.

JULY 20, 2011

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  1. LetThemEatCake
    LetThemEatCake 21 July, 2011, 08:17

    Hard to see the story link.

    Interesting piece.

    Here’s another telling bureaucratic classic:


    Guess they don’t want to risk getting hurt & missing out on their 3/50 retirement.

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  2. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 21 July, 2011, 09:54

    So let me understand. Steve goes down to the community swimming pool. There he finds that the experienced lifeguards have been let go because of budget cuts and the few remaining haven’t taken their swimming tests. Steve gets in trouble in the deep end and he expects some dude without swimming skills or lifeguard training to jump in and save him. If they don’t, they’re “bureaucratic and uncaring.”

    If the Alameda firefighters had jumped in untrained without wetsuits in hypothermic water, there could have been that many more dead bodies on the shore.

    Steve is always quick to blame government for all our ills, but he will never admit that budget cuts have consequences.

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