I set forth how an employer of firefighters (or any profession for that matter) should set their compensation offers, by assessing the difficulty of recruitment and retention. And adjusting accordingly.
In the case of firefighters, there are literally so many qualified applicants that the process cannot possibly be based on truly objective criteria. Hence, it is clear, at least in that instance, that compensation needs to fall substantially.
Yes, nobody disagrees that firefighters provide a valuable and sometimes very dangerous service to the public. But to suspend the very basic principles of the labour market for a specific profession is fundamentally unfair to both the public taxpayers and to those in the firefighting profession itself, particularly new entrants.