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AFS1970

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  • Birthday 03/08/1970

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  • Name: Alan
  • Location Stamford, CT
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  • Past Experience Past Vice President, Captain, Lieutenant, Firefighter, Belltown Fire Department
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  1. If I remember correctly the higher ranks in CSP are appointments that serve at the pleasure of the Governor and lack many of the contractual protections the troopers have. I am not sure where the cut offs are or if those Lieutenants can bump Sergeants who will bump Troopers.
  2. I have heard two interpretations of this. One revolves around ownership, i.e. once delivered the vehicle is exempt. The other was about registration type, (here in CT there are many types of plates) This came up once when we considered putting antique plates on a 1949 rig. One police officer said he thought that might mean it was no longer fire apparatus and would require a CDL. So I wonder if apparatus plates on the wrecker = exempt and wrecker plates on the same truck = CDL?
  3. He tried this once before. While I don't like seeing people's lives toyed with, I fear it is all smoke and mirrors. He announced this his first term to scare people. He laid off troopers without regard to seniority due to some junior troopers being hired under grants. Then he had to bring all the troopers back because he violated the contract. Then he was able to blame the unions that endorsed him for all the states woes. Funny from a guy who claimed that raising taxes would balance the budget.
  4. I worked the midnight shift for much of my time volunteering. I actually found it made taking some classes easier. Granted there was a big commitment involved, but I am not sure my working 11-7 then going to class at 8 is any better or worse than a guy who works 9-5 and goes to class at 6. I am also lucky enough to have a very good vacation policy at work where I could take a day at a time or even a half day, as opposed to taking two weeks at a time. This allowed me to attend a lot of good training classes. However it was rough doing a night drill then going into work at 11 tired from drill.
  5. Two things jumped out at me in this article. First it seems to be that these two departments have been functioning as one for some time so this may be a matter of formality to combine. I can see good and bad to this, as it seems to include stretching the career staff pretty thin. However if they are responding into that area already, it might reduce response time depending on their deployment. I think it is a good thing that these departments are starting the talks themselves instead of having them forced upon them by the municipalities and having to start from behind the 8 ball. Second was the idea that this would create 3 organizations. Two VFD's and 1 Career staff (article did not call it an FD) that would all essentially work for the same district. So I am not sure this is really all that much of a consolidation, at least not more of one than they already have. Other than management of the career staff (which might become more complicated) I don't see a big change here. Although much depends on who will be responsible for what, such as apparatus, equipment and stations.
  6. We never had much in the way of formal daytime drills, but in my old station if there were a bunch of members around during the day it was not unusual to hold a drill. We got a lot of pushback on that from members who worked during the day and felt that they were being denied the "right" to drill so those of us around in the day should not do drill reports or get any kind of credit for doing that drill. This was also briefly a problem when we were a combination department and there were occasional drills during the day for the career staff and any available volunteers. There was a certain volunteer element that felt these were somehow being used to avoid our weekly nighttime drills. I am a fan of drilling in any way possible and favor a combination of day and night drills, whenever possible. I applaud that department for figuring out a way around the problems their membership was having.
  7. Date: 05/02/2017 Time: 18:35 Location: 69 Ridgewood Ave District: Springdale / SFD7 Channel: Ground 1 Weather: 70, Partly sunny Units: SFD: E7, E6, E1, T1, R1, U4 (IC), FM110 (C&O) SFCo: C511 (Chief), E52 LRFCo: V713 (Captain) SPD: 4E54 Writer: AFS1970 Description: Initially reported as a structure fire in a house. Long Ridge Captain who was in the area arrived within 3 minutes and reported detached shed fire in rear of house, mostly extinguished and calling for first in engine to stretch a line. E7 arrived shortly thereafter and did so. U4 requested a Fire Marshal to the scene. Police responded and cleared quickly. *** Note SFD is Stamford Fire Department, SFCo is Springdale Fire Company SFD E7 is quartered in the SFCo Station.
  8. He forgot to add that all these towns, villages, cities, districts ect. would not need nearly as many elected officials. That might be a key reason that this will never see a vote.
  9. Nice that they were able to respond. What is the response time like? Also this brings up an issue I often wonder about in Dispatch, which is interstate M/A. Despite being so close to each other we do very little responses across the line. We just redid our list for Tankers into Stamford that includes many CT & NY departments. I know there are fire boats in Stamford, Darien, Norwalk & I believe Greenwich. Which might have been close enough to respond, although that area might have required a small boat. I know that we don't have any kind of official list on our end, so it may be the same with NY just not being aware of what is available here.
  10. Does Greenville FD cover any area outside of Edgemont? If so would they still end up covering that area? could a new village contract with the existing fire district much in the same way they could contract with town police or EMS?
  11. Date: 04/10/2017 Time: 09:54 Location: 2350 Washington Blvd District: SFD 5 (Woodside) Channel: Ground 2 Weather: 57 & Sunny Units: SFD: E5,E1,E3,E9 (RIT), T1,R1,U4 (IC),U7 (Safety), U8 (Safety), U1 (Chief of Dept), U2 (Asst. Chief), U121 (Mechanic) SPD: 8S2 (Sergeant),2C24,1E34,2C26 SEMS: M1, M901 (Supervisor) Writer: AFS1970 Description: Initial report of a kitchen fire in an occupied condo. Police arrived and reported smoke from front door. Police Sergeant went into condo unit and reported flames from stove. SFD Deputy Chief arrived at on scene at 10:01 and declared a working fire. Fire declared under control at 10:08. Police blocking off Washington Blvd (divided road) S/B due to apparatus operating.
  12. I doubt they will, as the public at large will not see it as abuse. If they do it will likely be played for either comedy (to lighten up episodes) or sympathy (a very special episode).
  13. Will it stay down until raised? I am thinking this would lower the hose bed and the pump panel but having to kneel again every time you need something would probably defeat the purpose.
  14. One other factor with this will be the difference between what is requested and what is provided. Sometimes this is understandable and with good reason but there may still be a difference. Does the Secret Service require a FF to monitor the panel? Is NYC assigning 2 to that task on their own? Has any other first family had a dedicated ambulance staged at their door? If NYC decides to do this who should pay the bill? Then factor in any credible threats that may increase coverage. This is certainly a complicated issue.
  15. Yes but Newsday needs to find some way to be critical of Trump, and this is just as good a story as any.