Thread: D.C.F.D. - "What is going on" ?
03-06-2001, 03:18 PM #26ESmithFirehouse.com Guest
Wow, They you let you guys ride the fire trucks, out in the county.
Maybe it should be Amb Capn.
We have good fireman detailed to the ambulances right now and could use some relief.
Any help would be appreciated it.
03-06-2001, 06:56 PM #27Jake295885Firehouse.com Guest
Had a chance to listen to Chief FEW on wtop, The only thing I can say is WOW.....The man is the Fire Chief of the Nations capitol and can't speak proper english..
Hold on to your hats my brothers of DCFD, the fix is in. Any mayor who'd hire him has something else in mind for the fire dept. Perhaps some drastic cuts, or maybe as another Chief from Georgia pulled off, a total anti-tradition concept such as QUINTS..................
03-06-2001, 07:33 PM #28Trk6DCFDFirehouse.com Guest
I've heard from a good source that Fearless Few and Garland ordered the Deputy on #4 to drive over to Ronald Regan Airport in Va. Sunday night to pick them up from there "weekend" getaway to Georgia. According to the Order Book it's illegal to do that. Didn't 2 people on a ambulance get fired for something like that last year. It's amazing how he abuses his position.
03-07-2001, 10:05 AM #29DC Bad BoyFirehouse.com Guest
It seems to me you 1619 guys have more things to worry about than a few guys volunteering. How about what's going on with the recent new hires and your county exec? Did your fire chief really stand up to curry or was that just a smoke screen to protect his election bid for the IAFC? What's the scoop? By the way, how many of your guys work part time for union painters, roofers, carpenters etc. or are they just taking bread off someone else's table...
03-07-2001, 11:30 AM #30Trk6DCFDFirehouse.com Guest
News Flash...In this weeks "City Paper" under News of the Weird, "EMS technicians, unable to discern Northeast from Nortwest, arrive too late at the scene of a stabbing and the victim dies, leaving the fire chief to scratch his head and mumble something about damn coincidences". "The late arrival completely baffles LL(Loose Lips), because recent news reports indicate that fire/EMS vehicles have received 241 citations over slightly more than a year for running red lights-which must mean that, even if they are going the wrong way, they were at least getting there fast".
03-07-2001, 03:28 PM #31DCFD1051Firehouse.com Guest
Hey TruckCapt and ESmith,
This is not the PG County thread - keep that volly vs. career sh*t over there. We are discussing the DCFD here. DO NOT let this thread sink to the low levels that the PG threads have. We are supposed to be professionals - let's act like one!!!!
03-07-2001, 09:00 PM #32FireLt1951Firehouse.com Guest
To all the firefighters in D.C. Go get em and never let up.The best defense is a good offense.Attack now and show what a loser this guy is.Again I wish you all the best from Detroit and the members of L-344.
03-08-2001, 01:49 AM #33TentruckFirehouse.com Guest
Well hey guys, here is a question for you DC Firefighters and I hope someone answers me. Here I am, wanted to be a city firefighter for as long as I can possibly remember, ended up goin to U of M took DC's test and probably going to be in the next class ranked in the low 20's as we speak. I currently work in a Combination Department that doesn't even hold a candle to a city environment as far as runs etc.... But watching over the last two years with the Chiefs changing and now with all I hear around and on this forum, tell me is this a job I want to come on? I think it is, but I hear a lot of pain from you guys and wonder what to do sometimes. There has got to be a lot of positive things that happen in that Fire Department....Right? Give me your opinion, I really do want to go to the City, especially your City!!!!
03-08-2001, 09:04 PM #34SUPER WONDER DAWGFirehouse.com Guest
Well I have almost 20 years on the job I have seen it go from the best to bad and now even worse! If you scored in the top 20's you should have already been hired. Since the last entrance exam I think 3 rookie classes have come out. But to answer your question HELL YES YOU SHOULD TAKE THE JOB. It may be low as far as morale goes but it still is one of the best damn fire departments in the country. Good luck with your decision. And to the rest of the guys on the job WHERE IS MY PJ'S
03-08-2001, 11:14 PM #3515hosemanFirehouse.com Guest
I was sorely dissappointed to find out that my issued PJs will not be coming with footsies or a dump hatch. But other than that they are obviously a vital step as we move forward in becoming a more excellent dupartment while we suppy more excellent customer service this physical year.
03-09-2001, 08:35 AM #36SUPER WONDER DAWGFirehouse.com Guest
PJ'S CUSTOMER SERVICE NEW HELMETS AND NO DIRECTION ISN'T THIS A GREAT DEPARTMENT
03-10-2001, 01:10 AM #37NE DCFIREMANFirehouse.com Guest
SCOOBY DOOBY FEEEEEWWWWW!
[This message has been edited by NE DCFIREMAN (edited 03-10-2001).]
03-10-2001, 01:29 AM #38sefiremanFirehouse.com Guest
Take the job, the guys you work with everyday are the best, just like any where we do have management issues. And remember the fire chief is working on the incenatives.
03-10-2001, 11:46 AM #39FireLt1951Firehouse.com Guest
I'm not with FDDC but with Detroit.If you have the chance, take the job. There's nothing better than working an urban city where you learn more in 1 year than 10 in a suburban or rural dept.We've had the same and sometimes more serious problems than the FDDC,but it's a bunch of great firefighters there.Hope to see everyone at the baseball tournament.
03-10-2001, 02:31 PM #40DisgruntledFiremanFirehouse.com Guest
Hey, but if YOU were trapped in a house fire, wouldn't you want to be trapped in a house fire in DC (you know, it's the best FD in the Nation's Capital!!!)
03-10-2001, 07:30 PM #41sefiremanFirehouse.com Guest
Does anyone know what the "heavy rescue ambulance" that Chief Few referred to on the WTOP interview is? He said it was going to the new Engine 20.
Keep the 414 money its the best investment going.
03-10-2001, 09:43 PM #42FIREMANPPBFirehouse.com Guest
Just a thought
Pride in the DCFD comes from within~
Nobody can give it to you,
And NOBODY can take it way from you.
IT has to be there from day one!!!
Pride in the DCFD is what has keep the Dept going for all the years I have been on the Job. WE all Know that.
Pride in the job is what makes "us" part of
That part should NEVER leave us.
Stand TALL and Proud.
After All, The only one to whom we are really accountable to for on how we do our JOB is the One we see in the MIRROR.
Just a Thought
03-11-2001, 03:47 AM #43TentruckFirehouse.com Guest
Hey to all you guys who posted replies, emailed me and even took the time to talk to me on the phone about this job, THANKS! There is no doubt in my mind that if DC calls me next week I would take the job. I look forward to working with some of you, I am sure I can learn a lot from those who have been there for years. Look forward seeing you guys on the job!
03-11-2001, 07:13 PM #44SUPER WONDER DAWGFirehouse.com Guest
IN RESPONSE TO BEING TRAPPED IN A BURNING BUILDING IN DC. WE LEFT 3 TO DIE OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS HELL NO I DON'T WANT TO BE TRAPPED IN DC. GIVE ME MY 414 MONEY I'LL INVEST IT MYSELF WHERE I KNOW I CAN GET TO IT. PHIL I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT PRIDE BUT THEY ARE TRYING TO SQUEEZE IT OUT OF USE AS WE WRITE. HEY GUYS HOLD YOUR HEAD UP!!!!!
03-11-2001, 11:18 PM #45TentruckFirehouse.com Guest
Hey guys it's me again, well on Sunday night I got a call from the office of Personnel (DCOP) and they offered me a job as a Firefighter, I gladly accepted and will be starting soon, again thanks for your input on this topic.
03-13-2001, 11:48 AM #46FireRebelFirehouse.com Guest
Congrats TenTruck....must be a good feeling to get that dream job! Stay safe....
03-14-2001, 12:12 AM #47DCFD1051Firehouse.com Guest
Hey Ten Truck - Concratulations, brother! You won't regret your decision. We've had some ups and downs, but we are still one of the best departments in the nation (just ask Ronnie the Few!) Things will get better. I, like you, left a paid suburban department to come to DC. You'll see fires and other things here that you'd never see in a suburban area!
NEWS FLASH for all of my other brothers - Don't go out and spend your own cash on a new leather helmet any time soon. A certain sergeant who is quite skillfull in computer hacking has gotten a look at procurement's files and has discovered that an order for $66,000.00 worth of Carins 1010 helmets (black in color) has been placed in the system. This was confirmed by a certain A/DFC (who is a little fruit loops) who says that it will be mandatory that all firefighters, sergeants and lieutenants be sporting these black helmets in the near future, and that captains and above will be wearing white ones. Looks like the leathers will be a thing of the past before long.
03-14-2001, 09:03 AM #48Trk6DCFDFirehouse.com Guest
Hey DCFD 1051,
I'm not to hot on getting the " fake-me out leathers" but someone needs to check their math. If you take that $66,000.00 and divide it by 1200+ members a helmet cost's $55.00 a piece. Last time I checked a 1010 cost $180.00 which doesn't include the front piece. You can't even goto Home Depot and get a hard hat for that much. Now with anything else that goes on in our Dept. don't believe it until you see it and then if it does happen it wouldn't be done right anyway. Stay safe....
03-14-2001, 03:20 PM #49DCFD1051Firehouse.com Guest
Hey Truck 6 - Trust me! I have seen this in writing, and have spoken to those responsible for it. These new helmets are a done deal. Apparently, though, $66,000.00 is all procurement could afford out of the current budget. This will buy about 450 helmets, assuming they get a break in the price for buying in bulk. My guess is that they'll start issuing them to probationers first, and work up from there when they get more money. Word also has it that the front plates will also be issued, and will be the NY insert style.
03-14-2001, 06:14 PM #50Trk6DCFDFirehouse.com Guest
O.K. Brother, 450 makes better sense. Do you know if the order has been placed yet? I know Scooby Doo got 1.5 mill. at the hearings last week. Some of that is going to put the remaining trucks on 5. Scooby says it will happen the first full pay period in April, the rest is for a budget shortfall. Stay Safe.........
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