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Fire Department Spending and Mayor Scott Evans

   The Press of Atlantic City published a story today, “Atlantic City mayor’s exit likely to extinguish Fire Dept. funding,” by Michael Clark and Lynda Cohen.

Councilman George Tibbitt, head of the city’s Public Safety Committee, drew attention to Fire Department spending when he raised questions about $60,000 for upgrades to fire stations ordered in one day.

“That kind of gave firefighters a black eye,” said Capt. Angelo DeMaio, president of the city’s firefighters union. “We’re just asking for what we needed, and the mayor – no matter who’s in there – needs to see that.”

A copy of a budget inquiry from the city details several payments for desks, shelving and window shades for all six stations. Most council members concede the needs of the department, but criticize the effort to aid every condition in Evans’ last days.

Station 2’s condition is deemed most crucial because it houses the units for collapse and trench rescue, and the Hazmat team.

An upstairs window once used to practice rapelling [sic] was deemed no longer safe to hold a firefighter, Battalion Chief Michael Mooney said during a tour of Station 2.

He tapped on the ledge: “If I hit this with any force at all, it would come off.”

I am torn when reading the entire article, this portion in particular.   On one hand, I want the fire fighters in my town to have adequate facilities and equipment.   On the other hand, fire fighter salaries seem very exorbitant.   At the very least, the manner in which the Chief’s increase was snuck-in during the last moments of Mayor Evans’s tenure is suspect.   Fire fighters put their lives on the line every time they respond to a fire.   I appreciate their courage and sacrifices. 

   The fire fighters are part of public safety, which is part of the larger city budget.   The budget is jam-packed with fiscal irresponsibility.  Those of us feeling the strain of the current economic downturn have to pinch our proverbial pennies and re-think our own budgets.   The losers in this and all situations pertaining to the wasteful city budget are the rank-and-file government workers and taxpayers.  

   The situation of deteriorating fire stations, fire equipment, and increased property taxes will not be improved until both rank-and-file government employees and taxpayers together demand that those responsible for determining budgetary expenses eliminate waste and lower spending.

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About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Fire Department Spending and Mayor Scott Evans

  1. Unfortunately, people don’t see what’s happening until someone dies, they don’t see their grandfather dead at 62, their father dead at 56 all related to firefighting, they don’t see the ones that do live longer pain all thru their body from slips and falls on the job, yes they don’t have 8 -10 jobs a day as I had back in the 70’s, but look at the MGM in Vegas the casino in San Juan. One day in will come back, building get old and people get complacent and then firefighter die or get hurt for the rest of their lives. How much it that worth to them and their families.

    Skip Evans

    Posted by diveskip | November 11, 2008, 9:38 am
  2. Who could be against safety? Like, the city is SO much safer if all the public safety officials completely drain the treasury for political purposes, and the result is poor/no equipment, everybody calling off sick, suing the city, getting a lame disability, houses burning down, shootings, robberies, all routine by now for the city. All officials, wild salarys, pensions, vacations, sick days, cars,gas, expense accounts. The city’s been taken for a ride. My parents died young, too. Of course, I attribute it to Atlantic City fire fighting. Where’s my check?

    Posted by always an excuse for excess | November 14, 2008, 10:11 pm

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