Category Archives: Command & Leadership

IAFF’s Teefy Talks Union Ethics

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Your Table is Ready, Sir I recently wrote how the IAFF under Harold Schaitberger’s leadership has been diminished yet again, this time by placing firefighter safety related advertising in our publications. John Teefy replied with a robust and lengthy defense of how whoring out safety advocacy is actually a good (and noble) thing. Teefy makes […]

IAFF: Our Soul For Sale

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  The Death of Advocacy Is it time to ask ourselves why we even have a union? A primary reason to unionize is for  firefighters and paramedics to have safe working conditions. Safety advocacy is a crucial reason why the IAFF was formed.  It is the process of carefully watching over protective equipment developers, suppliers, […]

Taking the Hard (or Soft) Pass

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  Does It Happen More Often Than You Think? On the weekend, the Washington Post had yet another story regarding the recent death of Medric Mills after DCFD’s 15 Truck took a “pass” on turning out to help him. 15 Truck took the “hard pass” meaning they were in quarters and those in need came […]

O.K. with the Odd Queer

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St. Paddy’s in Beantown Boston’s newish Mayor Martin Walsh has committed the equivalent of farting in a Catholic church by stating that he will boycott the City’s famed St. Patrick Day’s Parade unless “gay groups are allowed to participate.” The NYT reports that John “Wacko” Hurley, a parade organizer, says “it’s final”: no gay groups.  […]

DCFD: Quander’s Squander

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  The Mills’ Death as Anti-Union Agitprop Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you have no doubt heard of the January 25th incident in Washington, DC, where an in-quarters truck company crew ignored multiple and repeated cries for help from the public after 77-year-old Cedric Mills collapsed right across from the fire station. At […]

IAFFWine.com: Flip It

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  Win/Win/Win I saw on Facebook that “For every bottle sold, 18% benefits the IAFF Charitable Foundation.”  Since you cannot apparently buy a single bottle, at least online, this is confusing. It raises the question of 18% of what amount? The $99.99 or a lesser sum? Since the price to buy wine is $99.99 for two bottles […]

Politics: Eric Holder, A Felon’s Best Friend?

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Wants to Lift Ban on Felons Voting Holder, US Attorney General (AG), is out speechifying to allow convicted felons the right to vote, casting it as a civil rights issue. Things must be slow at Justice. The NYT points out that Holder has no say in the matter as states decide voter eligibility. If justice were truly served, […]

IAFF: Board or Bored?

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  Crewless Ship? Recently I wrote that an IAFF manager controlled the email address used for particularly unsavory comments directed at an IAFF member, a.k.a., me. I absolved that manager believing the action was borne of ignorance though faulty leadership can create the atmosphere where such events occur. IAFF leaders have not replied, underscoring that the facts and the conclusions are valid […]

DCFD/DCFEMS: Adrift

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  Fortresses of Fire Washington, DC press reports that last Saturday a 77-year-old man collapsed across the street from 26 Engine/15 Truck. His timing was most unfortunate since persons seeking assistance by knocking repeatedly on the door at the firehouse were turned away.  They were told to call 911. This kind of stuff happens more often […]

Roland/Flatratz: Mystery Solved

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  Email Belongs to IAFF Manager Roland, a nom de guerre for an email account operated by an IAFF manager, commented on my post regarding being dismissed from the IAFF Blog Roll.  They made some interesting statements: 1-      “Eric, are you off your meds again? You know what that does to your perspective.” 2-      “I've […]

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