POSTED: 6:12 p.m. EST December 4, 2003
NEW YORK -- The city is increasing the number of fire engines carrying five firefighters instead of four, a decision that was praised Thursday by the fire department and union officials.
The staffing change, announced by fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, will raise the number of five-member engines from the current 40 to 45. The increase was effective immediately.
The city has 197 engines, the majority of them operated by four-member teams. The increased staffing came as medical leave figures for the firefighters decreased, allowing a negotiated agreement with the union to kick in early.
"We commend the administration for taking this pro-active step toward the early restoration of five companies to full staffing and look forward to additional restorations soon," said Uniformed Firefighters Association head Stephen Cassidy.
The five-member teams will begin at Engines Cos. 35 and 84 in Manhattan, 68 in the Bronx, 257 in Brooklyn and 275 in Queens.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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12-04-2003, 11:04 PM #1
Fifth NY Firefighter Added To 45 Engine CompaniesA positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
12-05-2003, 05:11 AM #2
finally some good news...ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
LT. John Ginley Engine 40
FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40
"If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
12-05-2003, 05:43 AM #3
12-05-2003, 11:20 AM #4
E229LT, it was presented that way on the channel 4 news last night also. Makes it seem a lot better than actually being just 5 guys. Oh well, at least it's increasing some..."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
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