This St. Baldrick's Foundation event is raising money for childhood cancer research by shaving heads! Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement.
Fed up with the pace at which Mayor Sylvester Turner's administration has carried out Proposition B firefighters marched on City Hall where union officials demanded full implementation of the raises and called on Turner to "stop playing games with public safety."
We need this here in New Orleans. Our department is drastically understaffed and in need of an influx of new recruits just to keep our heads above water. Our attrition rates between retirements and resignations, have put us in a very bad situation over the past few years. The NOFD has lost more than 25% of its firefighter numbers since 2009 along with almost a 20% decrease in emergency response equipment (pumps and trucks) responding to emergencies.
As witnessed at the 7 Alarm fire on St Charles Ave. A single home, albeit a large home, pushed our department past its limits. Causing the city to enact its mutual aid plan, calling on our four neighboring municipalities (Jefferson, Kenner, St Bernard and St Tammany) to send manpower and equipment to cover areas across the city that were left bare due to that single fire. We were incredibly lucky that no other major incidents took place during that time. We are grateful for our neighbors stepping up to lend us a hand.
But is that really the safest route to take?
People who don't know the intricacies of our city...which street has the huge pothole that you can not get around, the fire hydrant that is hard to locate (but our guys know it's actually in the middle of the bush on the neutral ground) Not to mention, they do not have the proper equipment to connect to our fire hydrants (our S&WB hydrants are different from everyone else in the area) We have to wait for them to arrive at our stations so we can let them in and give them any spare equipment we can scrounge together so they can connect to our hydrants. Knowing just these few things, paint yourself a mental picture of trying to respond to a life and death emergency in an unfamiliar area. It's not safe for them and it's not safe for our citizens.
We were assured when those companies went out of service that we would be fully staffed on all companies. Even if that had happened, response time obviously suffers when companies are closed. One thing worth mentioning is that we, E35, made a bicyclist struck by a garbage truck that was on Carrollton and Freret, just a tad out of our territory while the St. Charles fire was breaking out. Point being is that less companies = greater territory covered and more time between companies getting into covers. Also, less manpower on those companies at a fire means more companies (Alarms) to make up for that deficiency. The man was still alive when we arrived but died while we were on scene. We were running three at the time as well. I realize most everyone on here realizes this just thought I'd mention it. Last thing, why hasn't the entire country realize we need a universal hydrant thread? HELLO? NFPA???
I have been retired for 17 years after working 35 and my father was on 17 years before I entered the department, And never did I see us have to ask for mutual aid. With hundreds of large fires in that time. The department needs more pumpers , aerial ladders and men. Please don't use that excuse of less fire load now, we all know it was reduced because of previous mayors who completely ignored national standards.
That's what happens when to your department when you have a Superintendent that will do ANYTHING the mayor TELLS him to do....
We can thank Chief Mustache for a lot of the problems.
New building materials, more plastics, people keeping more hazardous materials in their homes... many many more issues are leading to making one of the most dangerous jobs in the world that much more dangerous. Please be vocal... firefighters need to be protected. ... See MoreSee Less
Every pair of boots has the name of a firefighter from the state of Florida that has passed away from cancer. And this isn't even all of them. All of the ones on the ground are from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue alone. Not one of the families of any of these heroes got a dime of retirement or pension money. In the state of Florida right now for firefighters, cancer is considered an "off-duty" injury. We're trying to change that. This is the steps of the state Capitol building in Tallahassee right now! #fukcancer #takingcareofourown #mdfr #fpf #iaff #chiefmiller