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  1. #41
    sefireman
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    Question

    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.


  2. #42
    FIREMANPPB
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    Smile

    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
    C.O. GLORY

    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

  3. #43
    Tentruck
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    Thumbs up

    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!

    Jim

  4. #44
    SUPER WONDER DAWG
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    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!!!!!

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  5. #45
    Tentruck
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    Thumbs up

    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.

    Jim

  6. #46
    FireRebel
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    Congrats TenTruck....must be a good feeling to get that dream job! Stay safe....

  7. #47
    DCFD1051
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    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.

  8. #48
    Trk6DCFD
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    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....

  9. #49
    DCFD1051
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    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.

  10. #50
    Trk6DCFD
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    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.........

  11. #51
    FIREMANPPB
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    An interesting article( just a clip ) in Washington Post today.

    Teachers Union In Calvert County Md. voted to "work to the rule " of the old contract.
    They are having Contract talks that are going nowhere. almost at Impasse.
    ( sound familar)

    They will be still doing 100% of thier jobs,( as we always do too) but nothing before or after hours of school.

    I hear of members of our dept Volunteering for trainning classes with no pay , volunteering for new dept projects while off duty , Trying to work on the fire ground as if we still had the 5 man engine -six man (to mention just 5 ) Trucks>

    If we "just did Our J-O-B ", Thought of our safety and the Lives of the citizens,
    while still having the PRIDE I talk, would it change things?

    Any thoughts on this ?

  12. #52
    sefireman
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    Lightbulb

    I agree no one should be volunteering to work on any project or take any classes for free. This department could find away to pay for activities, but obviously has priorities in other areas. I would hate to see us back down on the fireground, it seems our safety relys on having 4 man trucks work like 6 man trucks and 4 man 1 piece engine companies work like 5 man 2 piece companies.

    If you feel the need to do more, go to the union hall they need much more support from all of us.

  13. #53
    SUPER WONDER DAWG
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    IF WE WOULD JUST STOP WORKING OVERTIME ( OH EXCUSE ME EXTRA SHIFTS) WE COULD CRIPPLE A FEW GOOD MEN. THEY CAN ONLY HOLD YOU OVER FOR 12 HRS THEN THE UNIT WOULD BE OOS FOR LACK OF MANPOWER. THAT WOULD BE A GOOD START TO DOING YOUR JOB BY THE BOOK. AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO TRAIN ON YOUR DAYS OFF FOR FREE. BUT IF YOU TAKE THIS RESCUE CLASS FOR FREE WE MIGHT LET YOU RIDE "THE SQUAD" I STILL CAN'T WAIT FOR MY NEW PJ'S STAY SAFE AND TALK TO OUR UNION. REMEMBER THERE'S STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!

  14. #54
    sefireman
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    To bad we aren't united enough to implement a no overtime situation. That would cripple EMS and Communications too.

  15. #55
    Trk6DCFD
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    I know how you guy's feel but lets not do anything to hurt anyone. " Working to the rule " is a great thing if enough of us do it, 800-1,000. I just don't think it can happen. Were in the middle of contract negoations and I would hate to do anything to hurt them. I have the upmost faith in Local 36 and the way they are representing us. I think we are going to the table every day next week. So far the progress has been very slow but it is still going on.

    Unfortunately the compensation portation will probably go to arbitation and that will do nothing but add to the hurry-up and wait that we are going through now. Stay Safe...

  16. #56
    FIREMANPPB
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    Question

    AGREE SAFETY IS # 1
    I just don't think the city realizes what we all do every Day. Giving 100 % or more every day is saving the city money on manpower and they are getting the most "Bang for their Buck" so to speak. True, we need to let LOCAL 36 do what they do best.
    But we should not stand for ( any longer) the
    present or future treatment that the City is giving us.
    WHEN DO WE SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    I AM PROUD STILL BUT ALSO TIRING

    The 414 money will probalbly not make any one of us rich or live a higher lifestyle. But is WAS our money in the first place and the principle of the thing is that they owe it to us, and have for many month of unkept promises of pymt.

    Again WHEN WILL WE SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH "


    [This message has been edited by FIREMANPPB (edited 03-16-2001).]

  17. #57
    Squad 4 dog
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    Geez...this new chief is nuts. I know the fire service was founded on doing more with less, but not sacrificing our lives and families for it. I like to live to go on the next call, and training and staffing is all that gets us there, without that we are Kamakazi Firefighters.

    I spent 7 years on Ambulance 5, and seems nothing over has changed for the better, in either division.

    By the way, I was never offered PJ's and can I get an embroidered set from Elliot????

  18. #58
    sefireman
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    Truck 6, that was my point exactly that there is not enough support to implement any sor tof job action. I think that job action talk is just venting steam anyway. Local 36 has proven that they can negoiate good contracts and I have complete faith in them as well. Just wish they had more support instead of people blaming them for things that are wrong in the department. If it weren't for them we would be in a lot worse shape.

  19. #59
    DCFDLadderman
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    The new helments have been ordered.And a S.O. will be coming down from the Chief's office that non-issued items are not to be wore..ie:Pro boots, Leather helments

  20. #60
    Trk6DCFD
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    That was the big rumor last night. Aparently Few thinks those things are part of "The Good Old Boy Network" and wants to do away with them.
    This Monday the 26th at 10am, Margret Kellems, deputy mayor for public safety and justice will be at the Union meeting to answer questions on the 414/125 and anything else we have so show-up and voice your concerns.

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