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X-Admin: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (NiceGuyTJ) Newsgroups: alt.politics.org.fbi Date: 19 Oct 2003 18:00:26 GMT Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com Subject: Chicago Fire Fails To Save Lives Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Chicago Fire Fighters Fail To Save Lives Once again the incompetence of the nation's fire fighters has been shown in the most recent case in which a fire broke out on the 14th floor of a thirty-four story office building in downtown Chicago. Despite the self proclaimed highest level of training and preparedness of the nation's fire departments, the fact remains that these positions are handed out on a political basis or through nepotism. For those not knowing what nepotism is (no fire fighters, it is not the fact that you like having sex with children), nepotism is the policy of giving special favors to individuals based on their family relationships. Fire fighting is one of the most desirable of working class occupations with the profession being the most well paid in America for the level of education required. Most fire fighters are related to other fire fighters and the tax payer funded positions are handed down generation to generation as a gift from father to son, brother to brother, etc. In some if not most departments, fire fighters can have their entire families employed on the tax payer's dollar simply for being related to another fire fighter. Fire fighters are required to take exams and pass tests prior to being selected as probationary fire fighters. But these rules are monitored only by the fire fighters themselves and the test results are often ignored, doctored, and falsified to enable the less qualified family member of a fire fighter to become a member of the department. Cases making this point can be found everywhere in America, from Chicago to New York. From Tampa to Omaha. Just as disturbing is the fact that fire departments are required to hire certain numbers of females and minorities regardless of their testing scores. A female or minority who cannot complete the physical exertion tests are allowed to become fire fighters based on the color of their skin and gender. This is all fine and good on paper. But when it comes to lugging fifty pounds or more of gear up fourteen flights of stared in an expedient manner, those whom the fire fighters are sworn to protect suffer. People die as the result of affirmative action. Just as disturbing is the fact that minorities are allowed to score low on these same tests including the written aptitude exams with many fire fighters barely able to read and write, let alone think in an emergency. These men and women are not only allowed to become fire fighters, endangering the public's safety, but they are also promoted in accordance with the same racial and gender quotas that allowed them to become fire fighters in the first place. The end result is fire commanders who do not know how to fight fires. Fire commanders who do not save lives as was the case in Chicago where the fire was extinguished, but the victims who died and were injured left unchecked in the likely escape routes in such an emergency. The nation's fire service has become an occupation of political cronyism as well. Many politicians want certain men and women to succeed regardless of their abilities and credentials. Nepotism has allowed the fire service to become a hot bed of organized hoodlum behavior based on how many family members one has a the department. Then there are the unions. Fire Unions have demanded and received many benefits for their membership devising rules of operation that resemble other labor unions. When fighting a fire, the FDNY, for example, is forced to wait until the minimum number of fire fighters has arrived before fighting a fire. This minimum number is set by the fire union in contract negotiations designed to lighten the work load of the fire fighters and has little to do with the practicalities of fighting fires. So people die as the union's rules are met and the fire fighters are finally allowed to proceed with their responsibilities. Further, many fire fighters claim their particular job descriptions do not include certain types of rescues. It has been rumored for years that Omaha fire fighters who drive the engines are responsible for only taking the crew and the equipment to the fire. They do not have to nor do they want to fight the fire or participate in the rescue. Too much work and not in the job description. So fire fighting, which has gone completely unregulated by the outside world, has deteriorated into a profession of those who don't have to, don't want to, and cannot. And people die because of it. The nation's fire departments need much more external regulation to determine if fire fighters acted properly, expediently, and with just cause. Their hiring practices need to limit the number of family members from any one particular extended family and the hiring tests need to be conducted by an impartial and external entity as well. Fire fighters, just like police officers, cannot be entrusted to police themselves. They are not capable. Hell, most are not even capable of removing from their ranks the bad apples that have proven themselves to be such. They just aren't capable. Until then, people will die, the truth will be covered up, and fire fighters will continue to pat themselves on the back for rescues that were botched, investigations that were falsified, and on and on. People died just recently in Chicago as the fire fighters failed to search the upper stairwells until after they extinguished the fire. How many people died as the result of that? No one knows. No one investigates the so called heroes of fire fighting other than the fire fighters who keep the details of investigations to themselves. All in all, the last people I would ever call in an emergency is the fire department. They are likely to botch the rescue, misdiagnose the condition, or commit some other mistake due to the fact that the only reason they are in their positions is due to their brother or father being a fire fighter. Or maybe because they were a woman or minority. They are just as likely to harm you trying to prove they belong in their positions as they are to save your life. In Omaha, Nebraska, the fire fighters are likely to have you arrested for something as well especially if you are the only person with the courage to speak out against the crooked policies that exist inside the department.
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