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Buffalo, N.Y. has 22 new firefighters ready for duty, manpower and Overtime still major issues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick May 10, 2010. 15 Replies

 In a Buffalo News article, management issues and manpower are front and center. The Mayor of Buffalo demoted Fire Commissioner Michael S. Lombardo earlier this year, blaming high overtime as one…Continue

Tags: management, and, manpower

Union and Management. Where's the line?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd May 5, 2010. 4 Replies

 I am presently a Member of Local 282 Buffalo Fire Department in New York. I have a question for anyone who can assist me.  In our Department all are Union Members. Head Quarter Staff - Commissioner,…Continue

Tags: union, department, fire, buffalo, bfd

Buffalo Firefighters reject contract

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Nov 21, 2008. 8 Replies

B.F.D. Members vote "No" to thinly disquised give back contract proposals presented by Local Union President.Factors add up in defeat of Buffalo firefighters contract.Buffalo News article:Quote…Continue

Buffalo N.Y. Fire Department - 24 on 24 off ????????????????

Started this discussion. Last reply by ESpence Nov 2, 2008. 1 Reply

24 hours on 24 hours off – Buffalo N.Y. Fire Department ????????I don’t understand the logic but , I guess the B.F.D Admin/Union think there’s a need for it.Most B.F.D dues paying members don’t know…Continue

Tags: Department, Fire, Buffalo

Could Ambulance rescue the Buffalo Fire Department ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by T.J. Oct 20, 2008. 14 Replies

Below is a partial copy of a article in the Buffalo News(Buffalo New York) -Buffalo New York Fire Department has a chance to create a revenue stream for their Department. They have been duplicating…Continue

Tags: York, New, Department, Fire, Buffalo

 

Buffalo Fire , Republican gun owners need not apply!

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
Job Function
Firefighter
Years in Fire/EMS:
1985
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Buffalo NY Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
23
About Me:
I enjoy target shooting , hunting , gun trading and gun ownership. I collect sports cards and swap cards with others to complete sets . U.S.Army Veteran . 13 years UAW that included E.A.P. asisstance work.
Relationship Status:
Married
Facebook or Other Online Profile:
http://www.bfd-firedepartment.com
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Always wanted to tiller. It was obvious growing up in Buffalo the "Good Guys" rode Fire Trucks. Every time some negative event happened , the Firefighters were the first ones there to help. They always made you feel that they cared - they smiled , even after collapsing on someones lawn after a gruling fire.
I joined the U.S.Army in 1971 - Joined BFD in 1985 -
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Always wanted to tiller.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Politics and funding.

The little "Red Book" and how it affects you as a Firefighter !

First , notice the dates : July 1,1982 - June 30, 1984

Does your Department have a written "Agreement" between your Union and the Town , City or State that holds your contract ?

Do you know what "Rights" you have under this agreement ? Are you shure ?

Unlike this copy - is yours updated and when was it published ?

Under what circumstances can you be "Terminated?" - Are you shure ?

To what degree does your Union and Contract protect you from "Personal , Political , Race , or Job discrimination?"

Are you "Guarranteed Due Process" at "Departmental Hearings?"

What are your "Rights" when your being verbally repremanded by a "Superior?" Can your answers get you "Terminated?"


I will attempt to go through this book with you , this book is known as the "Red Book" in the Buffalo New York Fire Department.

As our Union President answered , after being asked about its content - "You don't have to know - we (Union Officials) have to know how to use it if you get in trouble ! " May 05,2010 - We have a new President and Eboard. :)


Disclaimer: This is NOT an indictement of all Unions , Union Members or Union Reps. I have been a dues paying member of the U.A.W. for 13 years - a dues paying member of Buffalo New York Fire Department local 282 for 23 years - I am pro Union - I am also pro-information and rights guarranteed under our constitution of the United States , Civil Rights , Gun ownership and believe in Political Freedom of Speach / expression . Enough said on those points.

Rick's Blog

What should happen next?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:30pm 5 Comments

Day One:

Theres a group of FF's sitting in the Fire House kitchen. Talking everyday stuff, just doing what FF's do. A racialy diverse group.

A person of rank walks in and sits with them.

One of the FF's say's, "Hey Sir, what did you think of the new hiring exam?"

He answers, "Ever sence that judge got involved, you know because of the sp---ks, nig---rs and other minorities, they've had to dumb it down. Their ruining…

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BFD Admin proposes "30 day removal from overtime for sick leave abusers!"

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 1:30pm 4 Comments

Here's the link to the Citistats meeting in Buffalo's City Hall --- Click on this link and listen to the BFD Commish and the Mayors Staff -: http://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/Home/Lea...Buffalo_Videos"



It seems , once again the BFD line Firefighter will take one on the chin for "The Brotherhood!"



Recently the New BFD Admin proposed a "Thirty day block" on the Firefighters deemed by Admin as "Sick Time Abusers" - this would remove a Firefighters name from the call in… Continue

Fear of the "Evil Eye" at the BFD raises concerns !

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 4:00pm 2 Comments

Some BFD Admin members have reported their fear of the "Evil Eye" from one of Buffalo's own Firefighters. They have reported that a Firefighter was parked in his personal vehicle out side of Fire Headquarters giving the occupents the , "Evil Eye!" after being suspended in March of 2008.



I did some research on this contravercial subject , it appears so did Mr. Harvey Cox, a Harvard divinity professor. you can find more info at this link :… Continue

Buffalo Fire Department - over time - whats the cause - who's getting sick of what ?

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 1:00am 7 Comments

Is overtime in the Buffalo Fire Department is out of control? Many fear it could hamper FF's ability to negotiate a new contract. Some Union Officials blame it on manpower, some feel sick time abuse may be partly to blame. Whatever the cause or causes - some changes must occur as taxpayers are growing tired of increased taxes.



Buffalo City Officials say:



Fire overtime in the first pay period of the new fiscal year hit its highest level since Byron W. Brown became…

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Whats in your "Contract?"

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Does your Union Rep , Company Officer or you truly know the “Written Content” of your “Rights, Benefits and Procedures” as related to your “Employment Agreement?” Would you stake your future on it?







All too often we guess - some times we hear “Fire House” table talk. Some people seem to sound vary sure when they tell their versions or interpretations! Yes, we have classes on “Fire ground Tactics” - “Standard Operational Procedures” - “Fire House Etiquette” - and so… Continue

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