EXCLUSIVE: Firefighter’s Widow, Union Ask DA To Reconsider Decision To Not Criminally Charge Building Owners In Deadly Warehouse Blaze
Diane Neary, widow of Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Robert Neary, expressed her concern about a decision announced Monday by District Attorney Seth Williams, not to file criminal charges against the owners of a vacant, dilapidated Kensington warehouse that burned and collapsed killing Neary and fellow firefighter Daniel Sweeney.
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.
Philadelphia’s Fire Fighters’ and Paramedics’ Union held its annual firefighter appreciation day Sunday at the Local 22 Union Hall.
Philadelphia firefighters want to change the city charter, to require that city council approve appeals of labor contract arbitration awards.
The $6.7-million station replaces one that was shuttered a few years ago because of the expansion of Interstate 95.
The battle between the Nutter administration and Local 22, the city’s firefighter’s union, over a new contract looks like it will be heading to state court.
There’s a fire Philadelphia firefighters can’t seem to put out between the union and the Mayor’s office.
The Philadelphia firefighters’ union took advantage of the national firefighters’ convention here to bring reinforcements to their demand for a new contract.
The city, claiming the award was too expensive, appealed the original arbitration award nearly two years ago.
Firefighters’ Union Local 22 contends that Ayers and his two top deputies were guilty of incompetence and indifference, and should resign or be suspended.
Leaders of the firefighters’ union in Philadelphia are calling for the resignation of Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers and two of his top deputies following the death last month of two firemen in a Kensington warehouse fire.
A competition that began in September has ended with the announcement that a design by a Philadelphia-based architectural firm will be used to build the new memorial in Franklin Square.
“We’re just grieving, looking for answers that are going to take time to get,” said Local 22 president Bill Gault.
At issue was whether Philadelphia Fire Department paramedics should be allowed to stay in the union or, as the mayor wants, be forced to negotiate a separate deal.
A top-to-bottom assessment of the Philadelphia Fire Department says the department is wracked by low morale and racial strife. And response times are lower than national standards — particularly responses to medical emergencies.