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I guess us in Iowa and the rest of the Midwest don't know what we are doing!!!

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by nsb22, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. nsb22

    nsb22 TEAM OAF

    Sep 17, 2003
    :rant: :fist:

    Not too long ago, Baltimore FD killed a recruit and injured a few more in a training fire. While I feel for the loss of those involved, the comment by Capt. Stephan G. Fugate, president of the Baltimore Fire Officers union, are completely uncalled for and have me rather upset right now.

    "We like to hold ourselves up as one of the best departments in the
    country, we compare ourselves to Boston, Chicago, New York - to have a
    recruit killed in training is the kind of thing that happens in Iowa, in
    rural America," he added. "It is not the kind of thing that should
    happen in a major metropolitan area."

    How dare he make a statement like that! How dare a website like publish an article with a remark like that!

    This makes me madder then heck, and in case you were wondering I am from Iowa.

    Our State Fire Service may be writing something up, so I'll hold off doing anything until then.

    :rant: :fist:
  2. DCSO0322


    May 31, 2005
    Point of no return
    What an asshat thing for them to say. I have been part of many many training fires and safety is the highest priority on them. I am from Indiana and on a Vol. Dept. of about 30 people. We take it very seriously. Screw them.:steamed:


  3. FirNaTine


    May 20, 2006
    Go to The Watchdesk navigate to the Maryland forum, then Baltimore City. He posts there under Local964Prez.

    By the way I am from a large adjacent department to Baltimore City, and we don't all think that way in this area.
  4. indigent

    indigent Bamboozled

    Jul 2, 2005
    nevermind. I found what I was looking for.
  5. Tvov


    Sep 30, 2000
    And some people wonder why there is friction between volunteer and paid guys.
  6. nsb22

    nsb22 TEAM OAF

    Sep 17, 2003
    I know y'all don't think that way!! :thumbsup:
  7. nsb22

    nsb22 TEAM OAF

    Sep 17, 2003
    In all honesty, I don't see a whole lot of friction these days. I see it most from the people who have been in a long time.

    At least, that is how it is around here.
  8. 4095fanatic


    Oct 12, 2006
    Oh God, thewatchdesk... *sigh*. That site is good for two things in my county: LODD and ****-flinging. I'm personally ashamed of my county's forum on there (in Maryland)... only time anyone posts is when someone either f's up and they want to shove it in their face or someone dies. Wish it were more like these forums...

    Part of the problem is that I know half the people at my station who post crap on there are all under 18 years of age and are stupid rookies running their mouth's off like I did when I was there age lol.
  9. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

    I must be doing this wrong. In my 22 years of service I have not killed a newbie, I would have liked to a few times.
  10. Glkster19


    May 12, 2001
    Lansing, MI
    If I was your people, I'd contact his people and demand for his resignation. That is so unprofessional.

    If you can't get his resignation, push for a written apology in the center of next months Firehouse magazine. A nice 2 page centerfold apology in Firehouse should set him back at least $20k, enough to make him think twice about opening his big mouth.
  11. D25

    D25 The Quick

    Jan 26, 2003

    Capt. Stephan G. Fugate is, at best, an idiot.
  12. FirNaTine


    May 20, 2006
    I'll agree, the standards there are much lower than here. However I was trying to post a convenient method of direct contact for the OP. I don't participate there much either.

    By the way 4095Fanatic I have run mutual aid with your county more than once. They have mostly seemed like good people.
  13. larry_minn

    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

    Dec 16, 1999
    OK I make jokes about Iowa all the time. THIS ticks me off. (my wife was born in Iowa)
    THis person NEEDS to be treated as if he used the "N" word or the "F" word.
    I will be at a conference this weekend I wonder if I dare mention this. (Southern MN likly some other state folks there)