More than 250 firefighters responded to the blaze that broke out early Wednesday morning at a home on Commonwealth Avenue in Parkchester.
Emergency dispatchers, firefighters and EMS workers say the city’s new $2 billion modernization of its 911 system, which includes using new technology and a new backup call center, is unreliable.
The firefighters union is accusing FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano of deliberately underreporting the time it takes for fire trucks to arrive at an emergency.
At issue is a revised directive that prohibits opinions or viewpoints from being posted on firehouse walls. UFA President Steve Cassidy says the policy violates firefighters’ First Amendment rights.
Union chief Steve Cassidy says staffing cuts continue to have a negative impact as FDNY numbers indicate 2011 was the third busiest year for firefighter emergencies in department history.
The plan is to consolidate management of the city’s five pension plans into one unified board with about a dozen directors. The current five boards have 58 directors.
New York City firefighters hit the streets Friday, marching over the Brooklyn Bridge in protest.
Students from P.S. 107 marched over to Engine 220 to show their support for the firehouse – one of 20 set to close under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget.
The fire union is blaming staff cuts for a delayed response to a tragic Flatbush fire. But the FDNY said Monday a dispatch problem also helped delay getting water on the blaze for critical minutes.
Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy blames the outcome of Saturday’s deadly blaze on staffing cuts enacted by Mayor Bloomberg and the city.
NYC firefighter unions are trying to reverse a cost-cutting measure that would thin staffing levels at 60 New York City firehouses starting Tuesday.
Standing at Ground Zero just days before the ninth anniversary of 9/11, members of New York’s Congressional Delegation declared they intended to pass the Zadroga Bill the week of Sept. 20.