Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
It happened in Atlanta Sunday when firefighters, upset with proposed budget and salary cuts, called in sick on the most heavily watched television day of the year, leaving a large metropolis vulnerable to arsonists and fire damage. Innocent residents, including children, could have been killed because the Atlanta Fire Department was essentially non-functional Sunday.
I spoke about this while filling in for Mark Belling on WISN today.
Shame on those firefighters that called in sick (they probably weren’t) for putting their city in jeopardy and peril. Don't insult the taxpayers' intelligence by saying this was just a coincidence.
Shame on the city for proposing cuts to public safety. Find other ways to fix your budget mess.
Atlanta firefighters, while I recognize you’re upset, fight at the bargaining table and honor your commitment and job responsibilities. Do not protest by sitting on your couch eating nachos watching football while potential fires kill innocent people.
During my program, several Milwaukee firefighters called in, with some willing to go on the air. Others were not. They claim the same pattern of absenteeism could hit Milwaukee because of proposed budget cuts.
I do not support any budget cuts affecting police or fire protection. As I said on the air today, I will look into this, and if a similar situation resulting in a near total collapse of fire protection could take place in Milwaukee, I’ll write about it here and blast it on WISN. Here’s the Atlanta story I talked about today.