Jack Be Nimble: The Apocalypse That Is East St. Louis IL

East St. Louis is the next Detroit, folks.  Can we find a way to prevent another “Burn” movie in our rich nation?

In a Nutshell:

These guys are victims of a broken system in which funding has been so drastically slashed that it can be argued it would be more conscionable to just let the city burn down to the ground then to continue to send our Brothers into harm’s way.

Check this out:

The men, women, and children of East St. Louis, IL used to have over 150 firefighters protecting the City.  That number has been slashed so that only 53 remain to “do the job.”

But wait- it gets much, much worse:

In just two months time, NEARLY HALF OF THOSE REMAINING WILL BE LAYED OFF leaving only 31 brave souls to perform the work 150 used to do. 

How many firefighters can your CITY turn out to battle a structure fire? 

East St. Louis IL settles for SIX.  That’s one pump operator, one commander, two on a line, and two left for entry, rescue, ventilation, RIT and anything else. 

Jack be nimble.

Now, check out this video put out by our ESL Brothers. 

It describes the insurmountable obstacles faced in striking clarity with actual HelmetCam footage of the fight they are waging.

 

Our Brothers in East St. Louis need us.  According to the website ESLfire.com, here’s how we can help:

"The fire department relies on money and grants supplied by local, state and federal agencies to assist in obtaining new equipment and fire apparatus. As of now grants are difficult to obtain and the fire department is looking for almost any donations of new or used equipment or money to purchase new or used fire apparatus. For more info on what is needed you can contact Chief Jason Blackmon at (618)-779-8471 or (618)-482-6800."

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I'm waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flags, don my clothes
It's a revolution, I suppose
We're painted red to fit right in
Whoa

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, the sun hasn't died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

 

-Imagine Dragons  "Radioactive"

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1 Comment

  • John Vanatta says:

    No different than many places in Michigan-Highland Park and Hamtramck, Harper Woods with sometimes 0 FFs on duty due to vacations and sick leave. Flint, Saginaw, Detroit is getting there…

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Rob
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Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
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