Your pensions are under attack.  Your healthcare costs increased.

Your department budgets have been cut and you are being asked to work overtime while the department refuses to hire enough people to do the job.

Some of you have been laid-off while others work daily in high risk environments with too few resources.

It seems like today fire fighters are being asked to shoulder a heavier load without getting much in return as cities and states try to balance their budgets.

This cartoon created by Paul Combs, a veteran fire fighter for the city of Bryan (Ohio) Fire Department and illustrator, sums up what many of you are feeling.

Many thanks to Paul for giving the IAFF and fire fighters everywhere a big chuckle today.