NotSoNewGuy 
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Re: “Fire chief contender visits Springs

Siggie, it is YOU that has a biased opinion. Apparently you dislike the author's position, so you accuse her of unbalanced reporting. What is YOUR dog in the fight? It seems that you should state your position in this and not just accuse everyone of being tainted. Almost all paid firefighters are "Union" or IAFF firefighters. They have families to support too. They have taken the brunt of the political backlash and blame for the failing economy. But in reality, the PEOPLE lose the most. They are deceived by dishonest politicians and are left to deal with the substandard public safety that remains after budget cuts. Ask the PEOPLE, do they want fewer cops and firefighters so that they can have a new park or fancy curbs down some deserted street? Or would they like an honest accounting of their public dollars and how they are spent?
And more to the original point, are the PEOPLE ready to accept a Fire Chief that will do anything the Mayor says in order to secure his next job. Not for nothing, but $147,000 is a lot of money for a Fire Chief........ maybe I'll apply. Sounds like I just need to be another Yesman !!!! My guess is that you are one of Bach's minions the way you are defending him. Just a guess from far away.
Try sharing THAT with your vast majority of unaffiliated population.

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Posted by NotSoNewGuy on 07/17/2013 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Fire chief contender visits Springs

No dog in the fight. I am not in Colorado Springs either, although I love that area of the country! I just wanted to give an informed view of what the citizens have to look forward to with Caufield as your Fire Chief. He left the Rochester Fire Department in ruins. He will tell you otherwise, but facts are facts. I care about the safety of the firefighters, who risk their lives for you everyday, and the safety of the citizens they serve. Maybe it is more than 2 cents worth, but it is an important decision all the same.

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Posted by NotSoNewGuy on 07/17/2013 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Fire chief contender visits Springs

Hey Interested Bystander, please read your first comment. I'll help you out, "Do your research before you assume".

I have worked with Quint and Midis for 25 years, so I believe I can speak to this issue. The Quint/Midi concept was implemented in the Mid-80s to reduce manpower. The Rochester Fire Department used Quint/Midis and Engines through 2007 until then-Deputy Chief Caufield promised the Mayor further cuts in the hope of securing the Fire Chief's job vacated by Floyd Madison. Hint: "That's why there was a reorg" !!

The problem is that under Fire Chief Caufield, the Rochester Fire Department went from 9 Quints and 9 Midis, 8 Engines, and 1 Heavy Rescue (27 pieces of apparatus) to 6 ladder Trucks, 13 Engines, and 1 heavy Rescue (20 pieces of apparatus) for a city of nearly 200,000 people. I am not sure where you gleaned your information, but my thought is that 27 vehicles handling 33,000+ runs per year is better than 20 vehicles, with 3 fewer ladder trucks, handling the same amount of calls.

If you only utilize 2 ladder trucks on any given fire, the resulting response times for the other ladder trucks is unacceptable for adequate firefighter safety at another fire scene. And that doesn't account for any ladder trucks currently handling car fires, EMS, gas calls, open hydrants, and the myriad other calls that a Quint and Midi used to handle separately.

I feel the citizens of Colorado Springs deserve to know the truth about Caufield. After all, their fire protection is on the line now, too. If Mayor Bach wants reform, Caufield is his man. Caufield presented his 'plan' to the Senior staff for comments, but never considered their input. Battalion Chiefs with more time and experience were disregarded and eventually transferred as a punitive response to their lack of support for the 'plan'. Mind you, Caufield never spent 1 day as a Battalion Chief; he promoted from Captain to Deputy Chief. Line officer to Management. Nary a day spent OPERATIONALLY running a fire scene or a battalion. The Union was portrayed as "Chicken Little", yet many of the concerns voiced have already played out. It is a shoestring plan that is nearly frayed through! Good luck to you, Colorado Springs, you'll need it!

So Mr. Interested Bystander, Is it time for new glasses? Or a trampoline at the bottom of that cliff?

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Posted by NotSoNewGuy on 07/16/2013 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Fire chief contender visits Springs

Dear Interested Bystander, please read your first comment! ( Do your research....)
I have worked with Quint and Midis for 25 years. It was a system implemented to reduce jobs back in the mid-80s. The latest "reorg" dreamt up by Caufield was also implemented to reduce jobs. (And secure the Fire Chief's job)
The pre-80s model was Engines and Trucks. The Mid-80s to 2008 model was Quints and Midis and Engines. Caufield's present day model we are forced to live with is Quints and Engines.
The problem is that Rochester Fire Department went from 9 Quints and 9 Midis, 8 Engines, and 1 Heavy Rescue (27 pieces of apparatus) to 6 ladder trucks (Quints), 13 Engines, and 1 heavy Rescue (20 pieces of apparatus) for a city of nearly 200,000 people. When 2 fires occur simultaneously, the result is a dangerous lack of ladder trucks. If only 2 ladder trucks are utilized at a given fire, the resulting response times of the remaining trucks to a different fire are unacceptable for firefighter safety.
9 Quint and Midis were safer than 6 Trucks being run as a Quint and Midi. (Meaning 1 truck is responding in place of a Quint AND a Midi) Just ask our Apparatus Superintendent. He will tell you that we are literally running the tires and brakes off of the "Trucks".
Certainly, there are even deeper issues that further cloud this argument. Senior members were disregarded when this reorg was proposed. Other Senior members sat on their hands to avoid culpability. And the Union was portrayed as "Chicken Little".
So Interested Bystander, what do you say? Time for new eyeglasses?

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Posted by NotSoNewGuy on 07/16/2013 at 11:37 AM

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