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Fairfax: The Best of “Family Night”

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No Moms Left Behind Peggy Fox, a WUSA reporter, talked to a parent who confirmed that during a recent Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Family Night for recruit firefighters, a “captain said that “some practical jokes go on in the station with the new recruits some might call it hazing, some might call it bullying.” […]

Schaitberger on USFA’s Onieal: “Take Him Out”

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IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has reportedly indicated that he will “take out” Denis Onieal, the acting administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Schaitberger is said to have made his threat at a recent meeting of Metro Chiefs. His reason? The National Fire Information Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Operations Reporting […]

Joe Blow on Pete Gorman

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“Joe Blow”, a sometimes commenter who often takes me to the woodshed, at least metaphorically, wrote in responding to a recent Dave Anders rant about me, the IAFF and Gorman. He had this to say about a Dave Anders comment: “Did you just refer to Pete Gorman as a fly? The man is a colossus […]

IAFF Spying and Corruption: Backdraft Writes In

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“As a 38 year IAFF member, I  have to confess that I must not have been paying attention.  As close as I am to retirement, it would be so easy to ignore this stuff. However, if we can’t operate our Union without hiring private detectives to spy on other Members, then we’ve already lost.  Where […]

IAFF in Court: Shady Schait Goes Fishing

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Forty-One Years That’s how long I have been a proud member of the IAFF, I joined in 1976 when I was nineteen-years-old and W.H. “Howie” McClennan was our International President; I met him at one of the first local union meetings I attended. I kept in touch with Howie; he would occasionally call me at […]

Great Wall: Trump Targets FEMA

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Proposed $370M Cut Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise, a multi-billion dollar wall on the southern border, will apparently be paid for, at least in part, by steep cuts to FEMA. Politico reports the cuts will come from the, “agency’s program for countering violent extremism and preparations for a wide-scale terrorist attack.” The New York Times […]

Shady Schait: Facing the Music

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First Time Ever There are a few people, Kelly Fox, Jim Lee and Kevin O’Connor among them, who were in Harold Schaitberger’s original “Inner Circle” and who recall how he dominated the IAFF in order to win the presidency in 2000. That domination has continued ever since, made much easier once he had control of […]

Corrupt Schaitberger: The $1,000,000 Question

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Gorman Cites Additional Retaliation Peter Gorman, a 34-year FDNY member, former president of local 854 during the 9/11 attacks, and Schaitberger’s chief of staff for seven years, was fired in 2015 after he raised concerns regarding hiring practices at the IAFF. In firing him, Schaitberger said, according to court documents, “That he no longer trusted […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Anders and the Wizard of Oz

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Dave Anders, Again Mr. Anders, a perennial supporter of Our Dear Leader, had this to say about Mack’s comment from yesterday: “Eric, again, the letter is not signed. If an IAFF member has criticism of the IAFF or our GP, surly [sic] he/she would not hesitate to sign their name and list their Local number. […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Mack Writes In

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A “Peek Behind the Curtain” “Eric, thank you for providing this blog, and giving people the opportunity to hear another viewpoint. Long ago I had the (mis)fortune of dealing directly with Shaitberger, my District VP, AND Pete Gorman. Until that point, I had no idea what went on at the IAFF. How would I ever […]

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