http://localhost:4503/content/fe/en/blogs/blognetwork/frank-ricci.html2014-06-23T18:50:06.797ZPolitics & TacticsAdobe CQSafety Officer & the Libertariannoemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 24pt;">Safety Officer &amp; the Libertarian</span></i></b></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">By Frank Ricci</span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 24pt;"></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">On issues of public policy the wise seek counsel, gather facts and always include a libertarian in deliberations. &nbsp;The Democrats and the Republicans will debate how a policy should be funded, implemented, and when it should take affect. The reason for the libertarian is simply to ask <b>why</b> is the government implementing the policy in the first place. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">The Safety Officer servers in the same role they must ask <b>why.&nbsp;</b>Why are we taking these actions in the first place? Will this structure end up in a landfill at the peril of the wrecking ball?&nbsp;As Anthony Avillo so eloquently states “is this operation going to conclude with a dumpster overhaul.”</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">A willingness to make your wife a widow and your kids fatherless for the community you serve is a noble notion. However this should not be blind dedication. History and Vincent Dunn has taught us that collapse zones matter. As a service we have paid a high cost for buildings that were almost preordained to collapse. If the safety officer just asked “Why” would the outcome be different. </span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">Safety Officers act as an arm of command. That should not be confused with being in command. While short staffing has made our profession more dangerous by dictating that company officers become more tactically involved.<span>&nbsp; </span>Safety officers who believe they are there to give orders, contradicts the very propose of their function.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">The Safety Officer must not lose perspective! One of their key roles is to ensure that collapse zones are established and maintained. Now that is the tricky part firefighters are like bugs to a flame they will creep closer and closer till they are in the danger zone. Collapse zones should not just be marked with tape they should have a firefighter or officer assigned to manage them.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">Firefighters think Fire-line tape is for the public not for them. I have witnessed this with downed power lines. Someone needs to be stationed on the outside of the tape to warn of the hazard.</span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">To head off the reader comments, not enough help is an excuse for poor leadership and failed management not a reason for failing to call more resources to the scene. </span></div> <div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16pt;">Remember that it is the month of our country’s founding. The birthday of the greatest experiment in world history. 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style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">Politics over Public Safety <o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 21px;">As a service we need to recognized the suburban and rural fire departments. They truly have miracle firefighters in their ranks. Once they were the pride of their communities and now see budgets being balanced on there backs. While urban firefighters suffer more injuries the risk of death is higher in the small communities. You can't bluff a fire, staffing, resources and training will dictate outcomes good or bad. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">The fire service is no stranger to Mayor&rsquo;s placing politics above public safety. &nbsp;However the actions of Democratic Mayor Finizio from New London are especially egregious.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">New London is already a city with miracle firefighters. A fire in the city calls for a response of eleven firefighters with a total of eighteen on duty. Take the same structure in New Haven on fire and the initial response is over 24 firefighters.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">Fires cannot be fought incrementally, all of our critical tasks must occur in unison to ensure the ability to control the building while increasing firefighter and public safety. When a fire occur it does not happen in a vacuum. The department must still be able to respond to medical emergencies, car accidents and other calls for help. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">The fire department responded to approximately 7,000 calls for help last year. These are not empty numbers but represent your friends, family and neighbors.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">New London is fifth in the CT in population density. 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The Fire Department, they get there quick to help and with no paperwork.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">Whether you are having a heart attack, your loved one is involved in a car accident or your home or business is on fire New London Firefighters get there first.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">All communities our cutting back and this is no different from your home. When times cut tough you cut back on going out to dinner, trips and recreation. You don't cut off the heat or electricity! So why cut fire service? The President at Yale has a sign in his office that reads, "if it doesn't make sense the answer is political."<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">Mayor Finizio is playing politics with&nbsp;already understaffed departments this is far from sound public policy. 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Set a blaze and burned to the ground by turncoat&nbsp;General Benedict Arnold. 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mentor. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Mentors must realize that the goal is to build those around us and recognize that this is not a one-way street. Mentors and Instructors must except that while their guidance will have influence over the student the student will still be their own person. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">They will bring their own experiences, personality and style to the relationship. This will allow you to learn from each other. This is what is great about being a member of the ISFSI and going to FDIC, there are no egos.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">In many departments we have witness what I call mutual jealousy. We have all been a witness to this counterproductive attitude that harms our departments and members. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">We have seen some of our brightest and most competent members view knowledge as a competition. If another member is knowledgeable or accomplishes a task a different way they view it as a threat. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">In our magnificent Capital inside the </span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;">rotunda</span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> you will find the &ldquo;Frieze of American History.&rdquo; Italian immigrant Constantino Brumidi painted the painting depicting scenes from our history. While painting the first half of William Penn he fell. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">He was seventy-three years old at the time and working fifty-eight feet above the floor. Brumidi was able to reach out for the scaffolding and hung on for dear life. After ten minutes he was rescued. This took a toll on the great painter and he never returned to the scaffolding again. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filippo_Costaggini"><span style="color: windowtext; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica; text-decoration: none; text-underline: none;">Filippo Costaggini</span></a></span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;"> trained with Brumidi in Rome and after the Brumidi&rsquo;s death was commissioned to complete his mentor&rsquo;s vision.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He started his work on the other half of William Penn.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">While viewing the painting from the floor of the Capital the painting looks flawless, however a closer look and you will see that William Penn has two different shoes on. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Filippo had his own perspective how to complete the work and his effort did not take away anything from the original master. He was able to complete the work and the Frieze is a credit to both men. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 11.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Helvetica;">Remember you cannot appreciate a painting by analyzing the paint. When teaching, mentoring or just working with our peers try to find the good in the work and take the time to build each other even if we may have a different perspective.<o:p></o:p></span></div><!--EndFragment--><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-603752055081402419?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-6037520550814024192012-05-09T18:25:00.001Z2012-07-17T20:19:29.976ZCul-de-sac Kids (Politics & Tactics by Frank Ricci)noemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>322</o:Words> <o:Characters>1840</o:Characters> <o:Company>Local 825</o:Company> <o:Lines>15</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>4</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>2158</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>14.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> 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After a run with a fellow firefighter we were walking to cool down. My son took out his phone and started to text. A second later and he walked towards the center of the road. My friend stated "cul-de-sac kid." He was referring to lack of awareness of traffic as a result of growing up on a dead end road.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">Cul-de-sacs have been around before the Roman Empire. They provided a military advantage in case of attack and served to confuse, slow down and possibly trap an invading army. This layout would cause the army to lose perspective. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">This cuts both ways, cul-de-sac kids often lose perspective. Being guarded from all harm on the dead end leaves them vulnerable on all sides. Staying on the dead end is not a option. We all have to leave our own dead ends and experience the world.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right: -27.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">We have all experienced this mindset when a chief or union boss states &ldquo;that&rsquo;s the way we always done it.&rdquo; Especially when they have no understanding of why it was done that way in the first place. This is why education, networking and conferences like FDIC our so critical to our professional growth. There is another world outside the confines of our departments.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">The way we do things my not be the best way. We can all do better to understand the job. It is your responsibility to master politics, science and customer service. No our job is not just about pulling hose and breaking doors down. For our service to thrive we must break free from our comfort zone.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">We must learn about how government works. Only than can we learn to navigate through the complex relationships, budgets and an endless bureaucracies. Keep in mind that there will be roadblocks on every path. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times;">Persistence is the key to success in advocating for our service.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Do not lose faith even when faced with disappointment. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Just as in DC no road leads directly to the Capital, so the next time your lost in the District of Columbia, note that was the intended purpose. However with persistence and a willingness to leave the cul-de-sac we will get there together.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--EndFragment--><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-6831462346044908245?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-68314623460449082452012-04-27T02:10:00.001Z2012-07-17T20:19:30.116ZPrinciple Over Politicsnoemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:documentproperties> <o:revision>0</o:Revision> <o:totaltime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:pages>1</o:Pages> <o:words>990</o:Words> <o:characters>5645</o:Characters> <o:company>Local 825</o:Company> <o:lines>47</o:Lines> <o:paragraphs>13</o:Paragraphs> <o:characterswithspaces>6622</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:version>14.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:officedocumentsettings> <o:allowpng/> 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normal"><span style="font-size:22.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><b>Principal over Politics</b></span></i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-size:22.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">By Frank Ricci </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">(episode 208 Politics &amp; Tactics Fire Engineering Radio)<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringtalkradio/2012/02/14/episode-208-politics-tactics#.T0pj3xXKCk4.email"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:blue">http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringtalkradio/2012/02/14/episode-208-politics-tactics - .T0pj3xXKCk4.email</span></a><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:blue"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:blue"><o:p> </o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The bravery needed most in the new era of austerity politics is the courage to stand up for what is right. Bobby Halton has demonstrated to all of us that principal and personal sacrifice must trump what is politically expedient. This resolve is what makes us Americans.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">This month we had the honor to sit down with Connecticut State Chairman of the Republican Party Jerry Labriola. Mr. Labriola is a leader who projects a consistent set of values and is a friend to the fire service. His team is committed to efficient government and conservative values that have made this country great.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">On March 5<sup>th</sup> 1770 the Boston Massacre occurred when quartered British troops fired on a mob of unarmed colonist killing five. The British troops were held and charged with murder. Finding an attorney to take up the defense of the troops was a trying endeavor. Any lawyer who stepped up knew they would be viewed as a loyalist and a trader to the cause of freedom.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">One patriot stood up knowing his reputation and ability to earn a living could suffer. His wife was shunned in the market and his devotion to freedom was questioned. This attorney was a man of principle. He represented the troops despite the risks to career and family. Remember this was a time when it was common for the mob to tar and feather those who aided the crown.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-family:Times;mso-bidi-font-family:Times">His argument was not based off rhetoric, it was based on the truth that an unruly mob with clubs surrounded and instigated the out numbered troops. The attorney stated, &ldquo;Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.&rdquo; The result was just, seven soldiers were acquitted and two were charged with manslaughter avoiding the death penalty.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Firefighters have this same courage to stand out front. We will strive to do what is right even when there is a political cost. Our democracy only works when we participate in it. Our membership is made up of Libertarians, Democrats, Republicans and the disenchanted. More than anything else firefighters as a constituency are issue advocates for our service. Simply put, issues that affect our service touch the community and we will back those who back us!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">When talking to Jerry I was blown away to learn that our state lobbyist did not have an established relationship with him. Relationships are key to political survival and when you reach out before issues arise you will find common ground on many of our values and principles. The fact is most of our members are conservatives and despite ones politics the fire services actions transcend partisan politics.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We talked about how we could all do a better job at reaching out and educating our political leaders. We accomplish more when we work with management and our elected leaders. However make no mistake about it we should never allow politicians or management to place our members in harms way or break their promises. Our service must hold them accountable.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; "> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Republicans do not view the fire service as the same as other labor. Even in anti Labor states like Wisconsin, Governor Walker cut firefighters and cops out of his anti collective bargaining law. When Ohio Republicans took on collective bargaining they learned the hard way that the public understands that the fire service is different. Almost every citizen has had a loved one touched by our service.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Be it a heart attack, motor vehicle accident, medical emergency, rescue or fire our members get there first with only one goal, to help. No other service can compare to the work of our members. Ohio&rsquo;s initiative was shot down. <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Charles Krauthammer from FOX News and the Washington Post commented that it was a &ldquo;Hugh tactical error to include firefighters.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Connecticut State Chairman of the Republican Party Jerry Labriola made it clear that firefighters, cops and the military are different and should be treated as such. Under Jerry&rsquo;s leadership I see state relationships improving helping firefighters and Republicans. Our members need to see that the party tent is big enough for us all. This does not mean we will always agree, however open dialog breeds respect and understanding.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">While Democrats say they are the party of labor. A closer look will make you question this line of thinking. Firefighters have been on the front line against attacks on individual liberty by this administration. Liberals continue to promote social engineering in our profession and society with a blatant disregard of merit. We have witnessed English becoming a second language in the inner cities leading to the exploitation of hard working families. Failed trade policies and over regulations have severed as a catalyst resulting in loss of tax base and manufacturing jobs.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Mr. Labriola pointed to the struggling economy and failed policies under President Obama as the source of pressure on our pensions and way of life as Americans. When the economy and markets improve the effect on city budgets is directly impacted. Our role is to get involved. We cannot sit on the sidelines and hope for the best. We must stand with our values and principles the same way the attorney for the soldiers did.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>He new that if he sat it out and allowed an injustice to go forward it would be a greater tragedy.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; "> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">This lawyer became the second President of the United States John Adams. He wrote in his diary about his decision to defend the soldiers &ldquo;procured me Anxiety, and Obloquy enough. It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly, and disinterested Actions of my whole Life, and one of the best Pieces of Service I ever rendered my Country. Judgment of Death against those Soldiers would have been as foul a Stain upon this Country as the Execution of the Quakers or Witches, anciently. As the Evidence was, the Verdict of the Jury was exactly right."<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><o:p> </o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Next Time on Politics and Tactics:</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> Initial Radio Reports and SCBA confidence training. Call in and be apart of the show.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Link to Last Show: <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringtalkradio/2012/02/14/episode-208-politics-tactics#.T0pj3xXKCk4.email"><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:blue">http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fireengineeringtalkradio/2012/02/14/episode-208-politics-tactics - .T0pj3xXKCk4.email</span></a><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:blue"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-7497560439517130023?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-74975604395171300232012-03-27T20:39:00.003Z2012-07-17T20:19:31.192ZHating up Closenoemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:180%;">Politics and Tactics by Frank Ricci</span></b></div><div style="text-align: right;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:85%;">February 13th 2012 show</span></div><div><b>Hating up Close,</b></div><div> It has been said that it is hard to hate up close. Many times we often avoid situations that make us feel uncomfortable to our own detriment. I learned this lesson the hard way once I got promoted. One night I was detailed to another fire station. Not being familiar with the crew, especially the driver made me feel uneasy. This shift was not eating dinner together so I checked out my equipment and went into my office. On our first alarm the driver was no help! I had an alone feeling as I fumbled through the map book like a fool to get the address and locate the nearest hydrant.</div><div><br /></div><div>In the front, communication is so important. While it is the drivers primary responsibility to get the crew to the alarm safely and the officers primary responsibility to get you back alive and uninjured. The initial communication is critical to both ends. It is like trying to set a table after dinner is served. Looking at the clock with dread that night could not end soon enough for me. </div><div><br /></div><div>Without knowing it at the time I made the mistake of not reaching out to the shift. Familiarity breaks down barriers and makes the team stronger. I am a firm believer that eating together is key to our success as a unit. If the shift is not eating take a few moments to talk to each person on the shift. Chances are that if you have a little apprehension, the shift is probably experiencing the same thing. </div><div><br /></div><div>Two weeks later I was running for office and visited with each shift in the city. It was time to enter that same house and shift. The exchange went great. Just by sitting down and talking I realized that my apprehension was misplaced.</div><div><br /></div><div>The next month I got the call to fill in at the same station. I was welcome with open arms. When the first alarm struck I pulled my self up and as I started for the map book I heard a phrase I am used to "Lou, I am all set the hydrant is at the corner just past the building if you want to reverse?" I smiled, verified the address in the book and we went to work. This was the same driver that I had before with a different attitude. The lesson is clear as a leader it is your job to set the example and reach out. That fire house and the one I am assigned to could not be more different. You must realize as a covering officer when dealing with different internal cultures your not going to change the culture overnight. However your attitude will effect the operations of the entire crew take the time to get to know your crew even if it is for one night. Be sure to call into our show on Feb 13th.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-4340608273774249106?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-43406082737742491062012-01-30T19:20:00.000Z2012-07-17T20:19:31.333ZMerit Matters!noemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color:#3333FF;">Politics and Tactics August 8th Radio Show</span></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color:#CC0000;">Merit and why it Matters </span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color:#CC0000;">&amp; </span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color:#CC0000;"> Vacant Fires, Offensive or Automatically Defensive we debate</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Special Guest: </b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Deputy Chief (FDNY) &amp; President of Merit Matters Paul Mannix</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b>Where I Stand,</b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Eric Holder stated "when it comes to race we are a nation of cowards" That is because when someone stands up to the absurdity of race politics they are often labeled a raciest. Many have drank from the poisonous well of identity politics. Don't be fooled, these are not the needed marches and civil rights battles of the 60s, but a cry to protect power and an advantage. </span></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The line in the sand has been drawn at public safety and it is partly our fault. We as a service have failed to educate our elected leaders and the public. We had our heads in the sand believing tactics and our mission was enough to carry the day. We were wrong! By not marketing our service we allowed the public and our leaders to believe that while our calling is noble it only required a weak mind and strong back. </span></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Our job is complicated and the skills, knowledge and abilities needed go beyond fires. EMS, Haz-Mat, threats from abroad, and everything that comes with answering any call for help within minutes. Did I mention the ability for reading comprehension. Whether a MSDS sheet, saw manual or new standard operating procedure reading and understanding is critical. </span></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">We have seen a intrusion into public safety that we don't see with other professions. The Bar exam, M Cats, SATs and others all have adverse impact on them, however they do not face the same scrutiny. In our profession there are no due overs and when on an alarm there is no time to double check or look something up. We act and have to make almost perfect decisions based off imperfect information. So why the call to dumb down the fire department? The actions of the justice department are deplorable and persist despite legal presidents and the need for sound public policy. </span></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">While there was a time that this country was off course this is not the country I know. I grew up in a nation of possibilities, where I was taught you must rise and fall based on your own merit. That individual initiative would be rewarded and we would be judged fairly based on the rule of law and our commitment to our communities.</span></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Your heritage, or sex, or the color of your skin does not make you a better firefighter. </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: large; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "></span></b></span></p><b><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; display: inline !important; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Achievement is neither limited nor determined by one's race or politics, but is determined by one's skills, knowledge, abilities, dedication, commitment and character.</span></p></b></span><b></b></b></span><b><p></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Firefighting is not a job that can be handed out without regard for merit or qualifications. </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: large; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "></span></b></span></p><b><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; display: inline !important; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">While equal opportunity must be guaranteed for all, it does not guarantee equal outcome. </span></p></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: large; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; display: inline !important; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">The point is, merit matters. We cannot use statistics to choose our firefighters and leaders. We must all be vigilant, get involved and participate.</span></p></span></b></span><p></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: large; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "></span></b></span></p><b><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; display: inline !important; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></p></b><p></p><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: large; "><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "></span></b></span></p><b><p style="zoom: normal; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Verdana; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; display: inline !important; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></p></b><p></p></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-6071636928637687178?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-60716369286376871782011-08-08T02:22:00.000Z2012-07-17T20:19:31.442ZDragon or Paper Tiger "Dealing with OSHA"noemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">Monday July 11</span><span class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_0"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">th</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"> at 7:30 eastern time on <b>Politics and Tactics </b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Dragon or Paper Tiger "Dealing with OSHA </span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">and </span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"> Placing the Truck at a House Fire</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:arial;">While</span><b> Federal OSHA </b>strikes fear in the hearts of the private sector many fire departments have been disappointed with the lack of teeth of state plans and actions when dealing with municipalities. Tonights show will teach you some of the pitfalls of dealing with OSHA and how to effectively utilize the bureaucratic giant to initiate change. </span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">First up</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">:</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><b></b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Recent settlements of the Charleston Sofa Store Fire</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;"><b>What is the difference from Federal OSHA and State?</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;"><b>How to get things done when dealing with OSHA.</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:medium;"><b>Dealing with retaliation from filing a complaint.</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;">Special Guest, Lawyer, NFPA Official and <b>Retired Assistant Chief Curt Varone</b> of the Providence Fire Department.</span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><br /></span></div>Topics to be discussed:</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;">OSHA &amp; NFPA, laws and standards and how they apply to the fire service?</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;">Fire Service &amp; negligence, who is responsible?</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;">legal questions from the front line</span><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;"> </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">Tonights Tactic: Truck Placement at a Residential Fire</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">Leaving the Barn</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">Response Direction</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">Walking in for the Spot</span></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Helvetica;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"> Why anyone how blocks out the truck should be shot!</span></b></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-2046594352706025144?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-20465943527060251442011-07-10T13:54:00.000Z2012-07-17T20:19:31.535ZJune show! Flashover and Dealing with the Medianoemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<img src="file:///Users/unionsecretarytreasurer/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/moz-screenshot-2.png" alt="" /><img src="file:///Users/unionsecretarytreasurer/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/moz-screenshot-3.png" alt="" /><span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; color: rgb(153, 0, 0);font-size:180%;" >Flashover and the Handling a Crises in the Media</span><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;font-size:180%;" >Pull up a chair, June's show was the best one yet!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 153);">Special Guest Dave Statter </span></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Part 1.</span> We cover flashover training the pros and cons along with tactics to address flashover.<br />Always keep the mind that many of the warning signs of flashover may be masked by dark smoke:<br /><br />Rollover<br />Fire Propagation down the wall<br />Improperly venting<br />and the most reliable, high heat<br /><br />While most were taught not to play water on smoke. If you believe flashover in coming on it is alright to hit the smoke to allow you to hit the seat of fire or back out. It all goes back to training, training and training.<br /><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="font-size:180%;">We cover super heated gear and the fact that you can get properly trained without destroying gear!</span> </span><br /></div><span style="font-size:130%;"><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Part 2</span></span> <span style="font-size:130%;">Dave Statter interview that all officers and firefighters should listen to!<br />Dave covers reputation equity and your departments credibility.<br /><br />Facebook and twitter friend or foe is covered and getting the story out first, right and behind you. If you haven't thought about crises management you are stetting your self up for failure.<br /><br />Dave is the fire services top guy for crises management. So pull up a chair grab a beer!<br /><br />Remember if you are having a political issue in your department and you would like to bring an elected leader on the show give us a call: Frank Ricci 203-285-4907<br /></span><br />Dave Statter<br />STATter911 Communications, LLC<br />dave@STATter911.com<br />STATter911.com<br />(202) 487 5678<br />Fax- (703) 533 9125<br />6312 Seven Corners Center #252<br />Falls Church, Virginia 22044-2409<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-5265035490844173940?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-52650354908441739402011-06-07T19:16:00.000Z2012-07-17T20:19:31.613ZOur First Radio Show May 2nd. 7:30 eastern timenoemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Our first guest on Politics and Tactics with Frank Ricci, Anthony Avillo and Chris Pepler will be no other than </span><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Congressman Christopher Murphy</span></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> from the Great Sate of Connecticut and Fire </span><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">Engineering illustrator Paul Combs</span></b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;"> </span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><i>Where education meets experience and expertise. Learn from the decisions makers and talk one on one with elected leaders. Being a great firefighter is not good enough! Politics effects our staffing, budgets and equipment. Get involved. And now Frank Ricci, Anthony Avillo and Chris Pepler.</i></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><i> </i></span></span></div></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><i>Airing May 2nd at 7:30.</i></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><i><br /></i></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><b>Some things we will address:</b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">Getting involved.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">How to advocate for a bill.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">We will conduct a mock phone call to a local, state or federal elected official.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">Two bills we will address,</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">Social Security issue, that mandates all professional firefighter will have to pay into SS regardless of their collective bargaining agreements.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "> </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act which would promote the development of a 20 MHz nationwide, interoperable, public safety broadband network.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">The fire coordination triangle and staffing. Standards for paid and volunteer firefighters.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; ">And the last segment will be Tactical Question of the day. The hosts will field any question about fire ground tactics from a caller.</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: medium; "><br /></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-5123131934341608563?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-51231319343416085632011-04-22T23:09:00.000Z2012-07-17T20:19:32.253ZFirefighters should not have to pay into Social Security From the IAFFnoemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Arial;font-size:medium;"><p style="text-align: center; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: 800; font-size:small;">Below is from the IAFF we will post issues concerning volunteers as well. If you have never called your state or federal elected official before do not fret. It is easy and only takes a second. Place the call it will be usually answered by a staff rep. Simple state your position and say thank you. It won't be confrontational. They are always polite even if they are not aligned with your position. </span></p><p style="text-align: center; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: 800; font-size:small;"><br /></span></p><p style="text-align: left;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large;">This is disturbing there is not an elected official who will not tell you the social security is a broken system. What is hard to believe is that three Republicans Tom Coburn (OK), Saxby Chambliss (GA) and Mike Crapo (ID) have signed on to this. The Republicans have long favored a private way out of Social Security. Our pensions is viable option to this government provided safety net. To have firefighters and cops now prop up a failed system is insanity! We must call and be heard on this vital issue!!!!!!!!!</span></p><p style="text-align: center; "><b><b><span style=" ;font-family:Arial;"><span style=" ;font-size:small;"><br /></span></span></b></b></p><p style="text-align: center; "><b><b><span style=" ;font-family:Arial;"><span style=" ;font-size:small;">Contact Senator Dick Durbin - tell him not to support any proposal that mandates Social Security participation for fire fighters or that taxes employer-sponsored health care</span></span></b></b></p><p style="text-align: left; "><br /><span style=" ;font-family:Arial;"><span style=" ;font-size:small;"><span style="font-weight: bold; "><br /></span></span></span><span style=" ;font-size:small;">As part of the plan to cut $4 trillion from the nation's deficit over the next 10 years is a proposal to remove the tax exemption for employer-provided health care and establish mandatory Social Security for new state employees. <b>These recommendations, if implemented, will significantly increase the taxes IAFF members pay. </b><br /><br />This deficit reduction plan was introduced by six U.S. senators, known as the Gang of Six: <span style=" ;font-family:Arial;">Democrats Dick Durbin (IL), Kent Conrad (ND) and Mark Warner (VA) and Republicans Tom Coburn (OK), Saxby Chambliss (GA) and Mike Crapo (ID). The recommendations are based </span>on a plan by the Deficit Reduction Commission, co-chaired by former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) and Erskine Bowles, Chief of Staff to President Clinton.<br /><br />This Gang of Six is focused on reforming Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and rewriting the U.S Tax Code.<br /><br />Removing the tax exemption for employer-provided health care will raise taxes <span style=" ;font-family:Arial;">on health care benefits, slapping fire fighters with thousands of dollars in additional taxes</span>. Under current law, health care benefits provided by employers to their employees are not counted as taxable income.<br /><br />Removing the exemption will also force employees to accept greater cost-sharing in the form of higher deductibles and larger copayments and coinsurance. <br /><br />For example, if the value of your employer-sponsored health care is $10,000 per year and you fall in the 25 percent tax bracket, removing the exemptions will require you to pay an additional $2,500 in federal taxes and, in many places, increase state taxes as well.<br /><br />Under the Gang of Six's proposal, mandatory Social Security for new state employees will require employers to pay their share of the Social Security tax - 6.2 percent of payroll - placing a financial strain on cash-strapped municipalities. Many jurisdictions cannot afford to pay Social Security taxes<b>and</b> make contributions to your pension plan. <b>This proposal will doom your defined benefit pension plans.</b><br /><br />More than 70 percent of the nation&rsquo;s fire fighters do not participate in the Social Security system. Requiring Social Security coverage of all state and local government employees will completely undermine your pension plans.<br /><br /><b>Forcing fire fighters into the Social Security system will amount to reducing your take-home pay by 6.2 percent. </b>Can you afford that loss of income?<br /><br />Contact Senator Dick Durbin - tell him not to support any proposal that mandates Social Security participation for fire fighters or that taxes employer-sponsored health care.<br /><br />Call, write, email or twitter Senator Durbin's office today:<br /><br /><b>Washington Office:</b> (202)-224-2152<br /><b>District Office:</b> (217) 492-4062<br /><b>Web: </b><a href="http://durbin.senate.gov/">http://durbin.senate.gov</a><br /><b>Twitter:</b> @SenatorDurbin; <a href="http://twitter.com/SenatorDurbin">http://twitter.com/SenatorDurbin</a><br /><b>Facebook:</b> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/SenatorDurbin">www.facebook.com/SenatorDurbin</a></span><span style=" ;font-size:small;"><br /><br /> </span></p></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-5840267260727850299?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-58402672607278502992011-04-19T21:51:00.000Z2012-07-17T20:19:32.315ZFirst up Secondary Searchnoemail@noemail.orgFrank Ricci<div style="text-align: center;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><i>In each post we will cover a tactical issue along with a political issue.</i></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;"><br /></span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:x-large;">First up, Secondary Search:</span></b></div><div><b></b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">This week in Flint Michigan a body of a women was located 12 hours after a house fire. To see the news story click on the link below. In this blog we will not throw rocks. We only point out lessons to remind us all that we can all do better.</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">When ever declaring a search complete make sure you do it by geographical area. We would not buy property you did not see. Example: "Truck 3 to command 1st floor secondary search complete, Truck 3 is par moving to the floor above" Each room and areas remote from the fire needs to be searched. It is best to radio that the secondary search is complete after the smoke has lifted and the area is throughly checked. This means under beds, in closets and in tubs. Any door that was chocked open should be closed to make sure there is not a closet or another room that the door covered. Remember each year a small percent of our fire deaths occurs do to irrational acts. Plaster has been a culprit in hiding victims. Don't let this happen to you!</span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br /></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;">Tactical Tip of the Day: <i>Before you have your crew pull ceilings have them make a hasty search of the area to make sure they don't cover a body. This hasty search is independent of the primary and secondary.</i></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size:large;"><br /></span></div><span class="Apple-style-span" style=" ;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;"><br /><a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8078522">http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8078522</a></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8945502156351440239-5562022187639157167?l=frank-ricci.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8945502156351440239.post-55620221876391571672011-04-19T21:00:00.000Z2012-07-17T20:19:32.456Z 500

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