D.C. Firefighters to patrol high crime areas....

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    Let's see how cost effective this is when the diesel bills go through the roof and a few firefighters get injured or beat the snot out of a few muggers, generating huge workers comp claims and civil rights lawsuits.
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    As a career union firefighter, I have never heard something as stupid as this......it sounds like they don't want to hire enough police officers to do the job......
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWFD View Post
    As a career union firefighter, I have never heard something as stupid as this......it sounds like they don't want to hire enough police officers to do the job......
    Most likely they can't afford to hire enough police officers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    That is such a load of crap........

    Yes, cities and towns are going broke. No doubt about it. ....

    All that is of no matter. This story isnt about budgets or saving money. DC still has plenty, like everywhere else, their management and elected leaders are incompetent.

    LOL, first you say "That is such a load of crap", then you say, "Yes, cities and towns are going broke". Well, um, excuse me for being so gosh-darned stupid, but the last time I looked, the vast majority of expenses for every single city and town was public sector union employees pay and benefits. End of story. You can choose to live in a fairy tale world at your own peril. But the money is running out. Liberals will always deny there is any problem, which totally baffles me and defies all common sense and logic.

    And i really love your comment about "management and elected leaders are incompetent". LOL, that's hilarious. In Rhode Island, our "management and elected leaders" are directly in bed with union leaders. Heck, many of our "management and elected leaders" still work for unions. My state - Rhode Island - has effectively been run by public sector unions for over 40 years. And let's see, how are things in Rhode Island nowadays. Hmmmm, well, CNBC recently ranked RI as the very WORST state for business out of all 50. I place the blame directly on short-sighted union/elected leaders who sold taxpayers out, to buy votes from union employees. Our unfunded liabilities are among the highest in the country - oh, and so are our firefighting costs per capita.

    And then you say, "All that is of no matter." No, all of this matters very much - this is THE reason that DC is taking these actions.

    Do I agree with using FF as LEO's? No way, it's crazy....... But get ready for lots more struggles and strife, as this is only gonna get worse. The crap is just starting to hit the fan. And I predict many more off-the-wall 'solutions' such as that proposed in DC.

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    Back on topic...

    While fire fighters have certainly been targeted in the past, there always seemed to be a bit of respect directed their way by the thugs of society. After all, thugs need fire fighters too, when their rival gangs set fire to their "crib." Same with EMS...you need them to patch you up when you get shot.

    If fire fighters are now seen to be the "po po" that restraint will be gone, and it will be open season on them. Axes and hoses are no match for bullets.

    Stupid idea.
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    Some real good post on this thread.

    Bottom line, assigning city employs to do some thing they are not trained and equipped for is criminal and should be prosecuted in a court of law.
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    Wait until the first FF gets hurt then see what happens. As an EMT if they said I had to do patrols like these, I'd find a new job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    LOL, first you say "That is such a load of crap", then you say, "Yes, cities and towns are going broke". Well, um, excuse me for being so gosh-darned stupid, but the last time I looked, the vast majority of expenses for every single city and town was public sector union employees pay and benefits. End of story. You can choose to live in a fairy tale world at your own peril. But the money is running out. Liberals will always deny there is any problem, which totally baffles me and defies all common sense and logic.

    And i really love your comment about "management and elected leaders are incompetent". LOL, that's hilarious. In Rhode Island, our "management and elected leaders" are directly in bed with union leaders. Heck, many of our "management and elected leaders" still work for unions. My state - Rhode Island - has effectively been run by public sector unions for over 40 years. And let's see, how are things in Rhode Island nowadays. Hmmmm, well, CNBC recently ranked RI as the very WORST state for business out of all 50. I place the blame directly on short-sighted union/elected leaders who sold taxpayers out, to buy votes from union employees. Our unfunded liabilities are among the highest in the country - oh, and so are our firefighting costs per capita.

    And then you say, "All that is of no matter." No, all of this matters very much - this is THE reason that DC is taking these actions.

    Do I agree with using FF as LEO's? No way, it's crazy....... But get ready for lots more struggles and strife, as this is only gonna get worse. The crap is just starting to hit the fan. And I predict many more off-the-wall 'solutions' such as that proposed in DC.

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    I never said you were stupid, but your reading comprehension could use a little work. My point is the rank and file pee on cop or FF isnt the problem. If you read what I actually posted instead of trying to make it say what you want it to, I agree with most of what you said; except where the blame lays. That would be like me blaming the health care "crisis" on the insurance salesman.

    Oh yeah, while you're looking at these things, check out any companies expenses. Pay and benefits to employees are always the most expensive part of conducting business, thats not news.

    Back on topic....
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddy View Post
    So whats so wrong with this? Yes I know that fireman are not cops and they should not be acting like cops but what is wrong with having them cruise the streets in there rigs making there presence known. Just having witnesses around deters crime and having witnesses around with radio's going directly to dispatch is going to help a little. Seams like a lot better option then them setting in the fire house doing busy work or nothing at all. Hell they go into these areas if they get a call and most there calls probably come from these places so they are just that much closer anyway.
    Well, to start with, that big old red truck burns a heck of a lot of fuel. Are you willing to foot the additional fuel expense for a "show of force"?
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    Isn't DC where the mayor said: "aside from the increase in homicides, DC had a low crime rate." With logic like that does anything really surprise you?
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    Washington D.C. is the most heavily policed real estate in the United States. MPD has about 3,600 sworn officers. On top of that you have the federal presence. You have U.S. Capitol Police, GSA Police, U.S. Park Police, Secret Service Uniformed Division, FBI Police, Not to mention Metro Transit Police and even the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Police. And there are several more departments belonging to various goverment agencies I can't remember off the top of my head.

    MPD has 62 officers per 10,000 residents. That is the highest rate in the United States. That is not counting all of the federal officers having jurisdiction in the city.

    And now they say they need firefighters to supplement the officers.

    Looks to me like maybe they need to rethink how they are doing things there.

    As far as the overall financial situation, blame it on the politicians. I got an email the otehr day from a guy I had trained in communications years ago who is now working the street. The county council is now trying to destroy the collective bargaining power of the F.O.P. there. They are trying to reduce the disability pensions, increase insurance premiums and copays, and make scheduling and schedule changes an absolute right of management to the point they can change an officers shift or district assignment with no notice. They are also doubling up the radios between 0400-0800 so they can pay three fewer dispatchers during that time. And of course the unions representing the sworn and civilian members of the department have all accepted furloughs and skipped negotiated cost of living adjustments from their contracts.

    Now the funny thing is while the county was flush with money they had no problem with more than 3/4 of the officers retiring doing so on disability (66 2/3% of salary tax free for life) while neighboring jurisdictions were retiring less than 10% on disability. After watching Ladder 49 the council had no problem dropping full retirement for the career firefighters from twenty five years (60% of final base salary taxable) to twenty years. They sure wanted the F.O.P. and I.A.F.F. endorsements.
    And now the politicians have to pay for those votes they bought. This is also a big part of why I moved out of there when I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Anglo View Post
    Is the Mayor a crackhead too??. Seems they like that kind up there. Stupid idea!!. You need troops to control that `hood.
    No that was the last one(Marion Crackhead Barry). Now he serves on the city council for Ward 8 no less, which is not really a surprise. He fits right in there.
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    Makes about as much sense as calling for a LEO when your house is on fire!
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    This whole problem can be attributed to one thing...

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