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Amanda P February 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM
"I'll take the $300 dollar tool please (SFD)" when the same tool is being sold toRead Morenon-gove rnment customers for $50(Part time paid). There is no safety issue, Seaside Heights hires part time, non-benefited police officers already trained with full police capabilities in the summer and saves a fortune while achieving the same safe service. FF I and II is something ANY FF paid or volunteer must have to work on a small department like ours. We could hire FF's with this training already accomplished saving even more money for the town. Senior citizens, fixed income and hard working residents cannot afford to allow take home vehicles, salaries that are not work load justified anymore. WASTE WASTE WASTE=ever increasing tax burden.
BART FRAENKEL February 26, 2014 at 10:22 PM
I maintain my comfort of knowing we have full-time staffing in the event any assistance is everRead Moreneed ed for me or my family. Public safety is one area that I will never compromise my family's protection over money.
BART FRAENKEL February 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM
The last time I saw the Deputy Chief lived in Springfield, so if he moved that's news to me. As for Read Morethe $1 per day cost, even you can do simple multiplication. Just multiply the number of tax paying households times $1 per day and you get the figure. Not so hard, even for you.
Not Homer February 26, 2014 at 02:47 PM
A fire chief needs to drive a response vehicle home because he responds to fires at unpredictableRead Moreti mes, requires equipment from the vehicle, and it allows him to travel off-road if he needs too. No one wants to have an auto accident, but that is why we all carry auto insurance. Taking health care benefits from our neighbors who fight our fires does no good for the community. Perhaps you should rethink your complaints.
BART FRAENKEL February 26, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Who wrote this for you, because it's clear you didn't. First of all, the number of calls last year Read Morewas approximately 1800 not 1200. And that doesn't include fire inspections done by the FD. Tell your little buddy to use another lackey to spew his garbage because most people have come to realize what he's all about, and he's giving you bad info.
Amanda P February 25, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Bart, you have no clue.
Amanda P February 25, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Stop with the political distraction talk. SFD is a slow department. 3-4 calls a day for a crew that Read Moreworks 8, 24 hour shifts per month is exceedingly slow by any comparison.
BART FRAENKEL February 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM
3-4 calls a day? Like I said, it seems like you're making this stuff up as you go along. TheRead Morenumber of calls made by the FD are public record, and are part of the information that is provided to the TC each month. I do not have the current figures, but I can absolutely guarantee you that your numbers are wrong. Probably because you have no idea what they actually do. But instead of trying to get factual information you hide behind an anonymous screen name and post things that aren't accurate. In a less formal setting I'd refer to them as lies.
BART FRAENKEL February 23, 2014 at 09:49 PM
Amanda P, I offered my opinion, which you appear not to agree with. Yes, I am satisfied with ourRead MoreFD and believe they provide a great service to the town. For a cost of less than $1.00 per day, knowing we have people on duty to respond to calls is something I find very comforting. As for your comment about sleeping most of the night, our FD has 4 units and each one works a 24 hour shift. And yes, at some point during those 24 hours they are asleep---when they are not needed to respond to a call. Having people on duty 24 hours a day, every day, allows them to immediately respond to any call within 3 minutes, regardless of the time of day. When an emergency occurs, every minute is crucial. Instead of making sensational comments, why not back up some of your statements with facts. Or does that create a conflict with your agenda of bashing the FD?
Amanda P February 24, 2014 at 09:38 AM
My comments are not "bashing" or "sensational." Our FD is very very slow by any Read Morestandard. You feel its ok for our FF's to sleep most if not all of the night? Fact, look at their numbers. Earn 6 figure salaries to do 3-4 calls per 24 hr shift? Our FD is doing a job that volunteers in neighboring communities do well without the sky high salary and benefit costs. You are OK with the current system? They moan and groan like they work in the Bronx and have no idea how good they have it. In the rest of the country Fire services must justify their existence. Why should SFD be any different. The 2.5 million in salaries and benefits do not add up to $1 dollar per day. That is political smoke and mirrors. You were a bully while on the town council and you remain one today. Your math is wrong and our taxpayers deserve smart utilization of resources. You are not a FF, EMT, Paramedic or any other type of public safety servant. Our residents are in the dark at just how wasteful our FD is and you seem to think that is OK. Again, that is why NJ is in a financial mess. Taxes out of control. Pension near bankruptcy. Lets just keep the status quo and have FD's like our living of the fat of the land. Way to go Bart.
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