With Fewer Fires To Fight, Is It Time To Revisit The Role Of Firefighters?
In 1975, Boston firefighters battled more than 400 blazes. Last year, there were only forty. That 90 percent drop reflects a nationwide victory in the crusade against fires, but even as America’s blazes burn out, the number of career firefighters per capita remains relatively unchanged.
Leon Neyfakh is Ideas reporter for The Boston Globe.