|Meet The New Boss
|Meet the new boss...hopefully not the same as the old boss. I could have called this a month ago but now is a good a time as any. Bill De Blasio is the next Mayor
of The City of New York. For the first time it would appear that, we have a Mayor who cares. Why do I say that? Because when no one else would, he fought to
keep NYC Hospitals open. Fighting to keep Interfaith Hospital and Long Island College Hospital open he has shown that he cares about people not condos.
Of course, only time will tell what kind of Mayor he will be, but there is one thing I think is certain...
|He will not continue to kill off NYC hospitals and turn them into condos just like Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Christine Quinn did.
|Mayor elect Bill De Blasio will now need to determine whether to keep Commissioners from the Bloomberg administration. Normally it's a clean sweep and new
Commissioners are put in place by the newly elected Mayor. After all the new Mayor wants his own people in place to run the city. Makes sense. So when NY1
News pressed the FDNY Commissioner on if he wanted to stay Sal Cassano said:
"In the FDNY, we have a great team, so let's see what happens with the new administration."
"I haven't been here that long. I love my job.
Really? What nerve.
After all the crap that has gone down on Sal Cassano's watch, he has the nerve to want to stick around? Anyone remember the fire at the Deutsche Bank
building? The deaths of FDNY Firefighters? According to DOI, Sal Cassano who was the FDNY Chief of Operations at the time dropped the ball.
Almost as bad...His FDNY EMT son Joe Cassano.
|Sal Cassano needs to go.
What FDNY needs is a Commissioner who is not just a Firefighter but a Paramedic as well. Look at the stats for 2012. FDNY suppression responded to almost
500,000 emergencies. Out of that 218,329 were EMS calls.
FDNY EMS responded to 1,454,038 EMS calls. That is three times the total combined amount of calls that Firefighters responded to. So why is it that the FDNY
Fire Commissioner does not need any experience in EMS? Not only is the Fire Commissioner exempt from any EMS certification, but so are all of the FDNY
Chiefs. It is not required, even though the overwhelming majority of calls that are handled by FDNY are EMS calls. ALL FDNY Chiefs are exempt from taking the
required Emergency Medical Responder / Certified First Responder course given to almost every other Firefighter in FDNY. How can you lead if you don't
What FDNY needs is a public safety professional who has both Fire and EMS experience. If other fire departments can have someone at the helm who has fire
and EMS experience...why can't "The world's greatest fire department" have that.
EMS and Fire should be on equal footing. Sadly at FDNY EMS in under FDNY's boot.
|Of course that is only the tip of the iceberg. Did you hear about the new "No fail" FDNY fire academy.
Yep...FDNY has gone from a place where the Fire Instructors said:
"Upon graduating this academy, if we would not be comfortable with you assigned to our own firehouse, working side by side with us, we will do everything possible
to make sure you do not graduate."
"Always finish on this job. Quitting prior to completing your task is not an option."
"Give 110% every day in everything you do here. There is no room on this job for slackers. We will weed you out!!!"
"Know that any m/l, or l/d will result in you staying here after your class graduates. Go sick only if absolutely necessary. Missing training days will result in you
To a Fire Department that will not allow you to fail...all in the name of diversity.
The New York Post says it best.
Despite failing a required FDNY running test five times, a female Probationary Firefighter was allowed to graduate from the FDNY Fire Academy and become a
FDNY firefighter. She will try to pass the run for the 6th time in December.
How far will FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano allow FDNY to go in order to diversify? What is the limit? Where does it stop? It is a shame that FDNY has become a
department where anyone, no matter how unqualified, can become a Firefighter.