"Brothers in Gary,
I am a pround member of IAFF Local 1803-Reading, PA. We are facing the same situation in our city. We are 15 Million short and just entered the Act 47 Municipal Recovery Act. Our contract is up at the end of 2010. It getting ugly…"
Training Officer, Safety Officer, Lieutenant, First Responder
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Was Fraud Heights
Years With Department/Agency
over 27 years on the job
Illinois Cert. Firefighter II, Haz Mat, Illinois Emergency Med Tech for 18 years, Former Training Officer Ford Heights, Il. & Phoenix, Il Dire Depts. Former CDL 3rd party trainer,
Retired after 27 years on the job,was also the president of our union, hence the early age retirement and reassignment of all of our members to other depts. or careers ( thanks chief). Currently running my home maintenance service in the Chicago area, which I have done for 25 years.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Seemed interesting and definitely fun followed in my father & grandfathers footsteps
Why I Love Fire/EMS
It is still the best job in the world
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Not following safe practices & putting themselves needlessly in harms way.