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About gamewell45

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  • Birthday 02/14/1955

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  • Gender Male
  • Agency Beekman Fire Department
  • Past Experience 20 years as volunteer (Ex-Capt) in hose company in Westchester. 12 years as volunteer in engine/fire police (Ex-Lt.)in Dutchess.

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  1. Agreed. Especially in area's where the volunteer turnout is dismal on a regular basis. Westchester has changed over the past 40 years and many departments have failed to keep up with the times and its come home to roost. The AHJ has an obligation to provide fire protection to its residents and if it means conversion from volunteer to combo or a fully career department, that's what is going to happen regardless of opinion. My suggestion to fire commissioners/city managers would be when a member of your department appears before you to make a suggestion that they would feel improve recruitment/retention/participation that you give it serious consideration; the mindset should be how can we make it work as opposed to why it won't work. A positive outlook usually works better then one of negative as people tend to support what they help to create, something I think many departments have forgotten over time. Younger members bring enthusiasm, dedication and Ideas; the older members offer experience and wisdom; combine both and you have a chance to allow the fire departments mission statement to succeed. Just my opinion.
  2. I would explain to the mayor and residents that the firefighters will do the possible; the impossible will just have to wait like it or not.
  3. As long as the public know that firefighters will throw themselves into danger to do whatever is possible to get those human lives out of danger, nothing is going to change their mindset. For the firefighters they are caught between a rock and a hard place; many of us took an oath to help save lives and property and if we know someone's life is in danger all the rules of OSHA and NFPA generally go out the window as opposed to standing around waiting for the minimum requirement of firefighters arrive on the scene. The best thing I think we can do is to educate the public as to the importance of proper staffing and ideally change their mindset. Most likely it'll be an uphill battle but you have to start somewhere.
  4. They can afford it, just that they hate to spend their money unless absolutely necessary.
  5. I'm sure if, God forbid, their house were on fire, I'd bet they'd want to make sure that all the first responders would hear the siren(s).
  6. There you have it; democracy in action. Perhaps a much scaled down version can be presented to the public down the road.
  7. Looks like the Board of Fire Commissioners did their homework; now all they have to do is sell it to the public.
  8. Do you know for a fact that there are only six volunteer members? Do we know it to be factual that they do not respond on emergency calls?? Why shouldn't the volunteers have access to the fire station they serve out of?? Do you know for a fact that all they do is "hang out to just watch TV, read the paper and drink coffee?? IF you want to enjoy that so-called "thank you pension" then you will have to no doubt move to Hartsdale and join the volunteer fire company. Either way, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before you begin to cast aspersions upon the volunteers and department as a whole.
  9. You raise a good point, which I failed to post in my initial post; our Policy is Paramedic, EMT or under the supervision of one; the one exception to the rule is if the call involves CPR and you are currently a holder of a valid card, then you may actually engage in administering CPR. Otherwise hands off.
  10. In my department, unless you are a paramedic, EMT or under the supervision of either, you cannot lay a finger on a patient, so we have to wait until the arrival of either.
  11. While this obviously is a show of patriotic display, there are strict guidelines contained within the US Flag code for the proper display of the flag and displaying the flag as they have (and many other departments have as well) is considered in violation of the code. I'm including a link which shows the proper way to display the American Flag. http://www.legion.org/flag/code
  12. That's why most people have fire insurance; you hope you never need it, but if you do, it's there.
  13. Great news! We should also take notice that the Port Chester firefighters were laid-off and not fired. Fired would equate to a termination of employment (which has a negative impact on one's employment record) whereas lay-off would be for a reduction of work (and has no negative impact on one's employment record). The only reason I bring it up is that you never know who reads these postings; we want to make sure that the Brothers have every opportunity to obtain gainful employment and don't have to explain that they weren't fired to a prospective employer.
  14. I stopped using blue lights since (they are courtesy lights and most drivers are not courteous anyhow) they confused more drivers than not; the last thing you wanted to do was to sit at a red traffic light with your blue light flashing and no one from the other three opposing lanes move because they don't know what to make of it. The way I look at it, I'll get there when I get there. Btw I do think you may be right on the comeback of revolving lights; it makes common sense.
  15. I haven't used a blue light in probably 10 or more years now, however come January I'll dig out my old revolving blue light and place it on the roof upon arriving on scene, thus ideally drivers approaching the scene will take notice and slow down, etc.