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  • Rescue101
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    Originally posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    Honestly, does it really matter? Oftentimes Chiefs get 24/7/365 use of a department car as a "perk" because they're expected to respond to all major emergencies whenever they occur. As long as they're provided with appropriate emergency lights and audibles to respond in emergency mode if necessary, what difference does it make if they're immediately recognizable as the fire chief?
    Good answer,it DOESN'T. Ours AREN'T and there isn't a Dept for 50 miles that doesn't know ON SIGHT either the Boss's or my vehicles. T.C.

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  • BULL321
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    Most dept. heads don't have marked cars, Example Police Chiefs and The Sheriff. So why would/should the Fire Chief? Our Chief's Take home vehicle is marked up like the rest of the vehicles, nothing special, but it was his choice. Sometimes its nice to be the boss.

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  • EngineCO38
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    Originally posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    What about when they're out trying to take their family to the movies or the wife to dinner? Remember, many career chiefs get 24/7/365 use of a "company car" as part of their benefit package just like any other company executive.
    Honestly if it does come to that, and somebody complains. Wouldn't their complaits be addressed rather quickly? If its in their contract, and they are not abusing their contract most reasonable folks would accept and understand that fact. Unreasonable folks may make a stink, but again if its in the chief officers contract than the complaintant really has no leg to stand on.

    I just think its good public image to have the Chief Vehicle marked. But maybe that doesn't work everywhere, so to each their own I suppose

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  • DeputyMarshal
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    Originally posted by EngineCO38 View Post
    I agree that career Dept's should be marking their vehicles, I think its good for the town to see their Fire Chief's out and about doing their daily duties.
    What about when they're out trying to take their family to the movies or the wife to dinner? Remember, many career chiefs get 24/7/365 use of a "company car" as part of their benefit package just like any other company executive.

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  • DeputyMarshal
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    Originally posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    To make sure he had FD credentials, we gave him magnetic FD decals to display when he was to run hot. He has yet to use them. I have a problem with that. Especially if he is to run with lights and siren as the Fire Chief.
    I don't mean to butt heads either but, if this was to be anybody's problem, wouldn't it be the problem of someone higher up on the totem pole than the chief?

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  • EngineCO38
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    Well looking at it from the Vollunteer point of view, I don't really see the need for our chief to mark his personal Vehicle. Besides, with the light bar, attenna's and the Fire Chief plate on the front, its pretty easy to figure out exactly who he is. Our chief is also a Full time paid chief, but still uses his own vehicle. He is reimbursed by the town for fuel, and keeps track of his miles.

    As for career Departments, the three closest to us all use marked vehicles for their Chief Officers. Our closest career dept has a late 90's Expidition, the only markings on it are a town crest on the front doors. And his radio designation on the front fenders. The AC drives a 2000 Dodge Dakota that's completely striped and marked. Both of these vehicles are take home vehicles, and the Chief's use them to respond to calls if need be, attend trainings or any other Dept. Function.

    I agree that career Dept's should be marking their vehicles, I think its good for the town to see their Fire Chief's out and about doing their daily duties.

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Just something to consider, if the vehicle is being used for personal reasons, it needs to be claimed on the users taxes.... if it is, then I don't know that its wrong.

    I have a company car and I have to claim the personal use of the vehicle. I am allowed to use the vehicle as I want.
    Sorry Chief, but I do not have an answer for you on that. More than likely, he does not. But that's just a good hunch. Take it as you will.

    FM1

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  • ChiefKN
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    Originally posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to butt heads with you, I like you. But with the abusive use of the vehicle, I feel that it should be marked as a FD vehicle. It also isn't a contract issue with the City and the Chief. The Chief did not want any FD or other decals on it when he got it. To make sure he had FD credentials, we gave him magnetic FD decals to display when he was to run hot. He has yet to use them. I have a problem with that. Especially if he is to run with lights and siren as the Fire Chief.

    FM1
    Just something to consider, if the vehicle is being used for personal reasons, it needs to be claimed on the users taxes.... if it is, then I don't know that its wrong.

    I have a company car and I have to claim the personal use of the vehicle. I am allowed to use the vehicle as I want.

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    That's a contract issue between the City and the chief. Honestly, I don't think it has any bearing on whether or not the vehicle needs to be marked.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to butt heads with you, I like you. But with the abusive use of the vehicle, I feel that it should be marked as a FD vehicle. It also isn't a contract issue with the City and the Chief. The Chief did not want any FD or other decals on it when he got it. To make sure he had FD credentials, we gave him magnetic FD decals to display when he was to run hot. He has yet to use them. I have a problem with that. Especially if he is to run with lights and siren as the Fire Chief.

    FM1

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  • DeputyMarshal
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    Originally posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    This is a City vehicle, and should only be used for FD needs.
    That's a contract issue between the City and the chief. Honestly, I don't think it has any bearing on whether or not the vehicle needs to be marked.

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  • BULL321
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    The Chief and both Assistant Chiefs have "take home" cars. Other than the Chief's Expo, the other two cars are old patrol cars which were hand me downs from the pd. All three of the vehicles are striped and have light bars.

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    Honestly, does it really matter? Oftentimes Chiefs get 24/7/365 use of a department car as a "perk" because they're expected to respond to all major emergencies whenever they occur. As long as they're provided with appropriate emergency lights and audibles to respond in emergency mode if necessary, what difference does it make if they're immediately recognizable as the fire chief?
    As for a "perk", that is fine, as long as you don't abuse it. I only have a problem with it when he takes it out of town (documented for personal use, not FD related), or for family/personal use. This is a City vehicle, and should only be used for FD needs. As for making runs in it, he was on scene 3 times the whole of 2010. Yet racked up over 14,000 miles. If it had decals and striped as the B/C buggies are, it wouldn't have the mileage abuse it has.

    FM1

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    Post of the year.
    And it's only the second, who'd a thunk???

    FM1

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  • FIREMECH1
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    Originally posted by dill the thrill View Post
    You guys are ****ed i ask for a little help and you guys just shoot me down.... I must be dealing with Volunteers.. this web site should be call
    firefighterwannabes.com..... get a real job no one volunteers anymore fkn posers
    Run out of Tampons????

    You had 2 supporters, until you edited your post. Now be a good girl and play somewhere else. C YA!!!!

    FM1

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  • BULL321
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    Originally posted by dill the thrill View Post
    You guys are ****ed i ask for a little help and you guys just shoot me down.... I must be dealing with Volunteers.. this web site should be call
    firefighterwannabes.com..... get a real job no one volunteers anymore fkn posers
    I'm just a little confused here, I've read and reread the responding post, and up to the point where you post this above crap, no one had "shot you down". Just because no one got on all fours for you does not mean we are not willing to listen and respond to your questions. If you are going to get this upset over nothing, then go get bent tick turd. Happy now? What, you expected us to beg you to stay? Take your ball and go home Susie.

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