“Enjoying Vacation, Wish You Weren’t Here…”
From Backstep Firefighter, my friend David LeBlanc shares a story about the current woes being suffered over at the fire department in Lawrence, Massachusetts. As David writes, the Lawrence Fire Department finds itself faced with the challenges not unlike most every other department in the nation- doing more with less every day.
However, David relates, just as their mayor left on a Caribbean vacation, he made sure another 23 firefighters got slapped with pink slips on the way out the door. A shift of 13-15 is left scrambling to protect 80,000 with the only help available as mutual aid.
What do you think the aid companies have to say about that?
Read what happened after the sun-drenched mayor returned at the article here. Seriously, we can’t make this stuff up….
Philly Brown Stuff Bubbles to the Surface
FireGeezer pointed his spotlight upon an interesting video from Philly. They, too, are suffering from staffing cuts which are being addressed by the fix-all cure of rolling brownouts which began at the beginning of the month.
Early on in the video, former assistant city comptroller Brett Mandel spoke plainly about the logic of brownouts:
“If you’re going to say that a fire station is not needed for Thursday night, well then, why is it needed for Friday night? And if it’s not needed for Friday night, well maybe we don’t need that station.
On the other hand, if we need it for Friday night, why don’t we need it on Thursday night?”
The video ends with a contentious back and forth between the union president and the fire commissioner all played out on live TV. With more of these types of interviews bubbling their way to the surface, maybe the public will gain more of an understanding of just how politics affects their local fire service.
As we wade our way through the economic mess with no end in sight, and the newly empowered attack upon the pensions of public employees, are we still thinking about the way the public perceives us? What’s your take on these “fire department discounts?” If your guys have been on the receiving end of half-price dinner or free coffee, and you didn’t get the same discount, would you ask for it?
Would you demand it?
Captain Schmoe over at Report on Conditions gives his view here.
Another Blogger from Hilton Head Done Good!
Finally, a warm welcome to my friend Tom Bouthillet, a Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic with Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire & Rescue. Tom’s superb blog Prehospital 12-lead ECG is now up and running right here on FireEMSblogs.com, which should always be your first stop after FireDaily.com and FirefighterNetCast.com. Give him a peek!
He is the second blogger that “done good” from HHI, home of B/C Mick Mayers (Firehouse Zen).
Let’s hope Tom has better taste in hockey teams…