Wed, 21 Dec 2011|
Chief Bobby Halton reviews this week's firefighter news.
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Hi thanks for click an honest this is that we can review and my name's Bobby Alton. Thanks for joining us. The -- were being brought to you by FDIC 2012. The fire department structures conference is only 117. Days away so now's the time to make your reservations to be in Indianapolis. He -- sixteenth -- when he first to take part in the 84 annual FDIC. This April the great city of Indianapolis during FDIC will provide you the opportunity to participate. In over twenty hands on training classes. 68 for our pre conference workshops. And a 192. Classroom sessions with over 500 of the industry's leading speakers and instructors. Gather together for the greatest week of fire service education celebration ever. You wanna be there for the annual fools bash on Wednesday night where 20000 firefighters all celebrate all work. You wanna be there for stop drop rock and roll the national fallen firefighters annual super dinner and dancing evening. An incredible festivities. You want to be there for the courage of our fun run. You wanna be there for the giant union party on Friday night -- another 20000 gather to celebrate FDIC. The fire service and the great union. And we haven't even mentioned the battle of the bands. The hundreds of gatherings and all the bars are different groups and an all around the city the combat challenge 900 vendors -- and Lucas Oil Stadium. And convention center roof for you see the latest innovations and our business and industry. Honestly. There's just nothing like get the -- Never has been and they never will be. It's the one place -- the fire service goes just to be the fire service. No agenda is no politics. Just training just firefighting. Just a celebration of being part of the greatest profession in the history of the world. I'll see you -- FDIC this April going to FDIC dot com and register today and now -- week -- review. To New York City firefighters are in serious condition after fighting a Brooklyn fire. A Brooklyn fire Monday morning with two -- and -- firefighters. With serious burn injuries. The most seriously burned firefighter was literally engulfed in flames when he was pulled to safety of the third floor -- look Brooklyn brownstone. By a fellow firefighter Monday morning in a dramatic rescue that literally stunned bystanders. You can see the video on fire engineering dot com. He'd been searching and empty apartment for trapped occupant when the whole third floor erupted. Flames shooting each and shrapnel shooting out the window all caught on video. The firefighter from rescue two and Crown Heights. Was taken to Cornell university medical center in Manhattan with burns over 42% of his body. He was the most seriously injured firefighter according to deputy chief. It wouldn't go. Another firefighter was also taken -- Cornell in serious condition and two others had minor injuries. To read more go to the article on par ensuring dot com and also be sure to listen to the audio of the May Day. Our thoughts and prayers are with those firefighters. For a speedy recovery and a complete recovery. California fire department response to a violent incidents criticized in Oakland. Members of the Oakland community are questioning the fire department engine companies action as a man -- dying at an intersection after being shot. Last November young man named Darius Jenkins while on the ground bleeding -- friends and neighbors panicked. Stan McNeal and attending an attendance counselor from the meals high school crush -- -- and urged him to keep breathing. While Ron Mohammed a widely known community organizer. Ran to the fire station about a block away. They're Mohammed discovered a truck full of firefighters waiting on the tarmac. What's going on SMR Mohamed. Something is happening to this guy and you're all just sitting here he said. The firefighters replied it's our policy we have to wait for the police. Just as the most apartments. Around the nation firefighters are required to wait for law enforcement to arrive before entering a violent crime scene. The policies intended to keep us safe from potentially violent -- still in progress. Unfortunately in Oakland like many parts the United States the fire department paramedics and engine companies are often faster than the police. The delay and medical treatment confuses local residents. They don't understand how danger can be for us to respond and escorted. PIOs and fire department officials. -- to always emphasize the need for firefighters. To have protection from dangerous criminals. And dangerous crowds so that we can do our work and not become statistics ourselves. Fire engineering strongly supports firefighters and emergency medical responders across the country waiting for police assistance any time. They feel their safety could be compromised. By entering a potentially violent situation. Fallen -- -- in Worcester was laid to rest this. Past Thursday. Thousands of firefighters. From across the country gathered Thursday morning to pay our final respects to Worcester firefighter -- undies. Who was killed while conducting a search in triple -- last week. He was rate laid to rest this stuff Thursday morning. Firefighters stood in full dress uniform thousands steep to pay their respects to support the -- inference of this brave and beautiful man. Please keep John on his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this blessed Christmas and Chanukah holiday. Our final story ends on a positive note. Florida commissioners plan to rehire laid off firefighters. Commissioners in the east Naples fire district voted three to two. To take approximately 400000. Dollars and regroup reserve funds. To pay for five firefighters. Laid off in late October through September of 2012. With no new revenues found since the nine firefighters were laid off in late October. The commissioners of the cash strapped Naples fire district will dip into dwindling reserve funds to restore some services. And put five of those laid off back to work. The five -- firefighters were laid off in late October part of cuts made to save a million bucks and help -- the district's 3.2 million dollar shortfall. The fifty remaining -- fighters also saw their pay cut by fourteen to 17%. And have to contribute more to their pensions an estimated one point five million in savings. Since the playoffs and engine company was taken out of service in favor of a smaller squad seventeen times. Interim chief -- Schultz said the bay shore drive fire station was temporarily closed another eight times. Bringing the five firefighters back should improve the situation according to the chief. At Tuesday's meeting a vote was taken first to rehire all nine laid off firefighters that -- fail. A second vote to restore the five jobs past the firefighters union president Chris Tobin. Said he wanted all -- firefighters back on the job but was heartened by the compromise. At these difficult times although we would've liked to seen all nine firefighters rehired. All of us must celebrate any small victory we can. Well that's the news. Remember FDIC is just a 117 days away it's going to be the greatest fire service celebration ever hope to see you all the air. And behalf of everyone here fire engineering. We would like to wish you a very happy Chanukah and a very merry and blessed Christmas. And a wonderful new year. My name's Bobby -- god bless you and your families. And remember.