Miami: Where’s the IAFF?

Harold and Edzo, Missing in Action

Miami Herald

The disaster in Miami has become a worldwide news story; google “firefighter/noose” and see what you get.

Or just go to CNN, AP or any other news outlet and there it is.

Speaking of disasters, both Harold and Edzo love a good tragedy, especially if it offers an opportunity for press or social media exposure.

Wildfires, shootings, it’s all fair game to show the brotherhood and sisterhood of it all.


Edzo still flogs his presence at the 9/11 pile long after the most brazen politicians decided to just let it be.

But Miami is a disaster where neither Schaitberger nor Kelly has been seen or heard.

Professional firefighters are on full display as some combination of racist, hateful and sex-obsessed morons.

As the theoretical leaders of the nation’s professionals, it is incumbent upon them to decry what happened in Miami both for our reputation and for our members.

But, at the IAFF it’s radio silence.

No press release, no public statement, not even a blog post.

How about some IAFF/TV?


You can, however, choose your favorite pink tee shirt or shop for Christmas on our webpage.

You can also register for the IAFF Human Relations Conference, a wee bit of irony in the present circumstance.

It is reported that one nearby IAFF local official had this to say:

“If he felt he was a victim of racism, wouldn’t he probably say something? He didn’t just meet these guys probably has work with several for years, you think he would of put up with that? I don’t. Let’s not try to make this into something that it’s probably not.”

Here the writer, obviously an IAFF member, tries to hijack the narrative by infusing his own odd notions with a good deal of spin, downplaying all the while.

Not only does it not work, it proves the point that if IAFF leaders are having their say, our leadership, a.k.a. Harold and Edzo, need to be heard loudly and clearly.

To be silent in this situation is to be a coward, period.

Thankfully, not all leaders are cowards.

Remember Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Commander of the U.S. Air Force Academy?

He was faced with a situation when members of his command engaged in similar offensive conduct.

What did he do?

He called everyone together, invited them to video his comments and then made a bold and courageous stand for respect and decency.

General Silveria

Alas, Schaitberger and Kelly will never be a Silveria but we could hope that between the two of them they might be able to step up and both defend our union in the court of public opinion and make a stand for respect and dignity within the IAFF.

But sadly, we needn’t wait on that.





  • Many years ago the GP got up in front of a number of instructors and stated plainly that the diversity of the IAFF instructor pool lacked diversity and did not reflect our membership. At the time there were 4 IAFF instructors and no women. In mid 2000 3 women instructors were hired and one African-American male. So there were 5 African-Americans and 3 women instructors. It stayed at this level for many years still not reflecting the “face” of the IAFF. Some female and African-American instructors were let go without cause and some staff left training to go other places within the IAFF. But it is still the same old club refected by leadership much like the U.S Congress. It is what it is and nothing is going to change. Talk is cheap and it is up to us to stand up to discrimination regardless of what fashion it takes. We also must accept that taking personal responsibility is unheard of in today’s society and is the new normal. For years I have been disappointed in what I have seen or in this case not seen from the IAFF. I accept it, do what I can do, and move on

  • Joe blow says:

    These matters need attention and thorough investigation. There is always the possibility that the victim is also the perpetrator, as turned out to be the case in the Air Force Academy example that you referenced.
    Give him a little time, as the weather gets cold, Harold will be sure to fly down to Miami!

    • Eric Lamar says:

      They admitted to their acts making their innocence doubtful, claiming in at least one case that they felt peer pressure to do it. Sickening.

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