You have a fire that is 500 miles square, and 55 buildings are in jeopardy. You have 100 people to put it out, but the water sources aren't guaranteed to flow. What are the odds you can accomplish the task?
Though the entities have loaded more work on the 100, cut their pay, don't pay them for seven days and increase their health care costs, they still go out to battle the blaze. It's what they do. They have pride, professionalism and expertise, and those buildings have families living in them. They are calloused, blistered, scrubbed raw and have cuts, but that doesn't stop them from trying to do their best. Entities beyond their control are adding fuel to the fire.
It's absolutely amazing to me how one knows how to extinguish it but has never done it themselves. "Don't talk to me about a battle when you haven't been in the trenches." They keep battling the blaze, with no more help coming. Some are injured, stressed and won't see their own families, but they keep battling the 12-hour days and 8-hour Saturdays — still no help coming.
When you see those in white trucks, behind the vacuum, unclogging the drain, riding a mower, fixing the air conditioning and in a hole in the ground, don't complain! How about a pat on the back? And why not grab a broom, stop putting stuff down the drain you wouldn't put down your own drain, don't leave a door open when the air is on, and if you spill or dropped something, pick it up? Would you leave the lights on if you were paying the bill?
Whether you're college educated or not, it's simple: We're all going to pay the cost of this blaze. I'd rather pay to put it out then adding fuel to the fire.
Remember, you can have all the buckets of water, but who's going to be tossing them?