Thursday, July 23, 2009
Fire Department Over-Response
Under 'Embarrassing Day for Omaha' we noted the issue of the thugs from the fire department and fire union attempting to maintain the status quo of maintaining staffing levels via city statute rather than by negotiation and sensible and responsible management decisions. Their union leader thug was actually ejected from the council chambers because of his decision to take on Councilman Gray after public input was closed. Apparently neither he nor the council president understood rules of order for conducting a council meeting since it was Council Clerk Buster Brown who had to take charge by signalling the security staff to remove the thug.
Keeping the threats and paranoia of the 'fire leadership' in mind, we thought it was interesting that these folks who are so worried about being understaffed (apparently, the fact that they 'own' several council men's votes isn't enough power) somehow found it necessary to send seven, yes seven, firetrucks to a call last week where there was a smoking light fixture at a commercial building. Sounds like we ought to be worried about overkill rather than folks losing their lives. If they are going to do that maybe we should go back to three men on a rig or at least close down some fire stations.