CITY TO FIREFIGHTERS: LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR…

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The investigation continues into an apartment fire Tuesday morning in Philadelphia’s Lawncrest neighborhood that claimed two lives and injured a third person. The one-alarm fire was discovered in a first-floor apartment unit of a five-story apartment building in the 6400 block of Oxford Avenue near Levick Street.

It was called in about 9 a.m. and brought under control in less than 30 minutes. Two people — a 56-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man — were pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. Another man suffered smoke inhalation and was listed in critical condition.

I think we can now see very clearly the effect of Mayor Nutter’s catastrophic fire department cut backs. While his regime is able to come up with HALF A MILLION DOLLARS for a statue, his administration has continued the policy of rolling fire company brownouts on top of closing seven other fire companies. While other agencies (like PHA) waste MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars, the fire department is steadily being de-funded. Very bright policy for such a dangerous world, don’t you think?

Our fire death toll right now is DOUBLE what it was this time last year. The department is stretched to the breaking point and when any organization is put into that position, things break down. Training is virtually non-existent. Morale is non-existent as a recent department survey clearly stated. Run totals go up, cover-ups go up, fatigue goes up, equipment breaks down and isn’t replaced and the threats of discipline are ever-present.

The bodies are piling up and the news media refuses to confront the Mayor about his policies. Women, children and the disabled. Instead they carry his water and ignore any story that will paint his policies in a bad light. It is typical and offensive and irresponsible. How is a firefighter supposed to do more with less? Can someone explain to me how that is done? On top of it, firefighters are still disparaged by both the administration and the media even though we continue to show up for work every shift even though our contract expired more than a year ago. Who are the real greedy pigs?

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6 Responses to CITY TO FIREFIGHTERS: LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR…

  1. McMedic says:

    Amen

  2. Old NFO says:

    Well said, and of course they won’t confront a dem mayor… bad for business and all that… Fire/Police? Who cares, they are peons, plenty to go around. If this bunch quits, they can hire more! THEY are the elite and know all! sigh…

    When y’all DON’T show up, that might get their attention… or you get outside media interested.

  3. Bob G. says:

    Cap:
    Kudos to speaking up about this.
    Keep it in the admins faces!!!

    And roll safe out there.

  4. Jake says:

    NFO ,what will happen is that the Brothers & Sisters will show up. Disgruntled , tired,old equipment and a major shortage of manpower. Over 2 years since any class in the Academy. Announced for applications and after 2 years on hold ,threwout the Apps. When the manpower is short they have to pay overtime. Then they complain that the overtime budget is more that they thought. The big cluster—- Stay safe,Jake

  5. Cops says:

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