IAFF: Mission Impossible

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A Million Little Pieces IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, by failing to either stand up to Donald Trump or defend his own members, has severely weakened the IAFF. For an international union to be on the wrong side of a presidential election is always problematic. Schaitberger has taken that problem to a whole new level. […]

“She” Finishes Him Off

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Fitting and Proper Donald Trump has insulted prisoners of war, Latinos, including a sitting federal judge, repeatedly shamed the parents of an American soldier killed in combat and ridiculed a reporter with a disability. His fervent supporters have variously explained away his appalling behavior by suggesting that it is all part of the Donald’s “telling […]

Guiding: Satchmo and One Small Step

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Fly Me to the Moon After a slow Summer, guiding in D.C. has picked up with a mix of traveling adults and students arriving to take in the sites. My favorite place continues to be Arlington National Cemetery, a unique setting because of its sacred nature, beauty and history. It’s about to become a slightly […]

Schaitberger: Unfit to Lead

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A Coward at the Top It’s now clear that this is a crucial moment in both American and union history. Donald Trump, a candidate for president, spews hate and venom and despises working Americans. He brags about his love for right-to-work as he rips off small business owners. Perhaps his most serious transgression is to […]

IAFF: Marvin Wilson Responds

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“OK Eric, enough is enough. You are not changing anyone’s mind here. If you are that dis-satisfied, get the hell out and shut up. You are doing more damage than any one else has in my 47.6 year membership in this UNION. SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND QUIT RUINING MY UNION!!!” Marvin Wilson Dear Marvin: […]

IAFF: “I Did Try and F**k Her”

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A Defining Moment Any member who has been around for awhile knows that Harold Schaitberger made his name as “Mr. Political.” Originally,  it was exterior politics and he was heavily involved on the Hill in Washington, D.C. His mantra for political action was “Get in early or make a difference.” Schaitberger’s legacy, corruption aside, is […]

Battle Creek on Strike!

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Go, Chief Haggard, Go If you are traveling on I-24 through Marion County, Tennessee, and your vehicle catches fire you better have a fire extinguisher because the local fire department, led by Fire Chief Eddie Haggard won’t have your back. And that includes a bus full of U.S. Marines who found out the hard way […]

Race: “I’m the Law Today, “Ni**a”

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So posted now former McKeesport, PA, recruit police officer Melissa Adamson several months ago on Snapchat when she was with another department. She was in uniform when she posted it, making it the digital equivalent of a kill shot. Given the current national crisis around policing, could there possibly be a more inappropriate thing for […]

Leadership: Eisenhower and Little Rock

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59 Years Ago This Week In 1954, the United States Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision, Brown v Topeka Board of Education, that segregated public schooling was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the landmark opinion. U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower invited the Chief Justice to dinner at the White House and said to him, […]

Safety: Situational Stress

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Uncertainty and Expectations Every working incident, fire, rescue or EMS, contains an amount of stress that can be said to be both normal and expected. Stress is the human reaction to events and allows us to be properly vigilant and therefore more effective. While a routine building fire might induce a normal amount of stress, […]

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