Back on this subject again. Great, 100% compliance with all career primary employee’s and this can be settled. Unfortunately, daily, we see pictures of members with no airpacks, dirty gear, and salty practices.
I understand the AFFI’s concern. But I think one has to remember that as the state demands more training from all of its firefighters, both volunteer and union members and of course does not fund them, there are people that will be disadvantaged in rural areas who are spaced far and wide and unable to get full-time firefighter services. The men and women who do the secondary employment have my thanks as I’m sure other residents have for their protection in rural districts. If your members will not do it then who will? Any suggestions? And I might add that many of your members started out in rural departments and got their training from them at the residents expense.
As much as I understand many of the opinions argued on here, the members who are working a busy career department and want to be part time or POC in their home community that is slower than theirs is truly in the minority.
I am a taxpayer in a fire district that is not an extremely busy department. It is filled with a bunch of good firefighters whom I appreciate protecting my family.
However, more than half work secondary employment. Most work part time for busier departments that burn more. In fact, one of them stated to me in a recent conversation regarding this topic that “I am exposed to way more carcinogens at my part time fire job than here”.
As a taxpayer who will be footing the bill for heart and lung, cancer, ptsd, etc, it is frustrating that people are knowingly gambling with my money.
Presumptive benefits are a huge burden on the fund, but one I support 100%. But until there is a way for all parties to pay for it, working any like work should not be performed. There is too much at risk for the employee and the taxpayers. If the employee cares so much to take that risk, then they should forfeit all presumptive benefits. But that’s not possible.
My two cents.
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