The Philadelphia fire department has been rocked in the last six months by a sudden spike in the number of employees who have taken their own life.
Philadelphia’s Firefighters Union Addresses Investigation Into Alleged On-Duty Sex In Fire Department
Joe Schulle, president of Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Local 22, revealed for the first time details about an investigation by the Philadelphia Inspector General into allegations into on-duty sex among male members and a female member at firehouses and inside at least one fire department vehicle.
The paramedic has since apologized on Facebook saying that he deeply apologizes and that he did not mean to hurt his brothers in blue.
Joseph Schulle, head of the firefighters’ union Local 22, has no faith in the CDC standards and believes that hazmat suits are needed for the paramedics should they have to respond to a potential Ebola outbreak.
I-Team Exclusive: New Steps To Protect Philadelphia First Responders Against Patients Suspected Of Having Ebola
A Philadelphia Fire Department memo obtained by the CBS 3 I-team now reveals new steps being taken to protect medics and firefighters who might answer calls to help patients suspected of having the Ebola virus.
Mike Resnick, the mayor’s public safety director, says overtime savings in other areas within the fire department may allow them to either reduce brownouts or end them outright.
The emergency medical technicians would have less training and be paid less that paramedics operating Philadelphia Fire Department medic units.
Local 22 president Joe Schulle says the families of firefighters Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney were devastated by the DA’s announcement that no charges would be filed in connection with the fire at the former Buck Hosiery Co. warehouse, in Kensington.
Diane Neary, widow of Lt. Robert Neary, told reporters at City Hall that, if approved, the proposed legislation would help the city avoid further such tragedies.
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers now says tests have found evidence a number of chemicals leaked into a Roxborough firehouse forcing its temporary closing December 17 after a member of Engine Company 66 was sickened.
Engine company 66, in Roxborough, remains closed while investigators trace the source of toxic fumes that sickened some firefighters.
The fire last September, which started in the engine of an ambulance parked in one of the bays, left the Ben Franklin firehouse heavily charred.
Councilmembers questioned the city’s fleet manager, Christopher Cocci, concerning the September blaze that heavily damaged a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets.
At issue is whether the fire commissioner is required to fill budgeted vacancies with firefighters who pass the promotion exam, as the union contends, or whether he can pick and choose.
Philadelphia’s Fire Fighters’ and Paramedics’ Union held its annual firefighter appreciation day Sunday at the Local 22 Union Hall.