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  • LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. Get back in there brothers.

    This is not the way.
    http://www.firehouse.com/news/2001/10/3_Pin.html

    'nuf said?

  • #2
    Agreed that there's a better way. There are probably bigger and deeper issues at work here. My experience with small towns and VFD's (which are both limited, I'll admit)is that logic and common sense don't always prevail over good ol' boys and politics.
    Bryan Beall
    Silver City, Oklahoma USA

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    • #3
      I echo your sentiments, E229LT!

      Guys, it's time to grow up!
      ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
      Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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      • #4
        That's really extreme....Gotta be a better way to handle it.

        Boy's get back to the business at hand....fightin fires.

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        • #5
          How utterly childish. At least they've got a few million to build a new station. I would absolutely die of shame for walking off the job under these circumstances when there are FD's nationwide getting by with antique equipment in dilapidated firehouses.

          I hope none of the ***-coverers from the neighboring FD's (thank God for them) get hurt over this stupidity. I would hate to think that while hundreds of brothers have died for heroism with FDNY that others are at risk because of a childish spat.

          Get your sorry asses back to the station and do what you are supposed to do.

          (And by the way, what do you expect from city council in the future now that you have acted this way? You hand out ****, guess what you get back?)

          Just my 0 cents' worth--volunteers don't get paid at all, Gonzo
          “I am more than just a serious basketball fan. I am a life-long addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.”
          ― Hunter S. Thompson

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          • #6
            And 229lt, glad to see you're OK. I'm praying for you guys in and around the Apple.
            “I am more than just a serious basketball fan. I am a life-long addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.”
            ― Hunter S. Thompson

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            • #7
              I think that part of the problem may be with the fact that this town has plenty of cash, but the treasurer just won't spend it. Lawrenceburg is home to America's most profitable riverboat casino. In the few years since it has opened they have purchased new apparatus for the department, but the fire stations are rough.

              The plan is to close the 2 downtown stations and build one new house. The older of the downtown stations is an 1800's building that is a stones throw from the casino. The firehouse is in pretty rough shape (it's beem a couple of years since I was in the place, but it was showing it's age then). The newer downtown station is still an old building and sits right on U.S. 50. Traffic jams in the afternoon make it damn near impossible to get to the station, which has no ramp and almsot always has the doors blocked by traffic. Lawrenceburg is about 20 miles west of Cincinnati and the suburban sprawl has reached there and beyond.

              This town really needs this new station and I think walking off was the departments way of making the media and townsfolk aware of what is going on.

              What was also reported in the news media here (I'm also in suburban Cincinnati) is that some of the LFD members agreed that they would still respond, even though they had "walked off". From where I sit I think they just need to get a new town treasurer!

              Just a little information to give folks a better idea of what happened and why.

              Take care.
              Cincinnati F.D. History Site
              Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Fire Apparatus in America
              Youngstown Fire Forums - 40,000+ photos of Apparatus, Fire Scenes, etc.

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              • #8
                Ok...maybe I'm a few bricks shy of a load....but what exactly is the purpose of "walking off" if they still intend to respond?....didn't it say they turned their equipment in? (not sure what equipment, but thats what it said) I could care less if a new town treasurer is needed.....Steve's probably right, but REAL FIREFIGHTERS don't walk off the job....and I don't give a rat's rear end if they are volunteers....you just don't walk off!!!!! PERIOD.

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                • #9
                  Let me refer you to my earlier post:
                  http://www.firehouse.com/cgi-bin/for...c&f=1&t=004094

                  At a time when the nation's firefighters are being held in the highest esteem, these actions are uncalled for. We do our job in the worst conditions and situations. This "Job Action" is a black mark on us all.

                  Thankfully, this should remain a local issue away from national attention.

                  I say again, Pick up your helmet and get back in there.

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