Comment 79783

By abstract (anonymous) | Posted August 14, 2012 at 18:12:45 in reply to Comment 79782

check the sunshine list for salaries. Firefighters are the only job in the city where regular workers earn over 100K, and there are hundreds of them on there.

They work 24 hour shifts, a week on a month. http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/667482--do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-be-a-hamilton-firefighter

As to death rates, if true that's both criminal AND avoidable. The reason we inflate police and fire is that they have concocted a fiction of heroism and sacrifice of life and limb. This was true 100 years ago. But the reality is that these professions have become safe in the past 50 years, and rightfully so. No properly trained officer should ever get hurt, just as with construction workers taxi drivers etc. It's no justification for unreasonable salaries.

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