Union calls out delays on repairs, hiring, and cut positions
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – WTNH reports that the New Haven firefighters’ union is taking New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and city alders to task publicly over broken fire hydrants, apparatus needing repair, and under-staffed fire companies.
“We know the risks that we take when we take this job,” New Haven Firefighters Union President Patrick Cannon told WTNH. “We all signed up for this job knowing those risks. We didn’t know they weren’t going to give us proper tools to do the job, [or] fill the proper positions to oversee the job that we have to get done.”
Following the fire that killed Firefighter Ricardo Torres and seriously injured Lieutenant Samod Rankins last month, the public debate hits an open wound.
Union President Cannon said they’ll wait for the release of the NIOSH investigation but when asked if the fire may have had a different outcome had there been a chief of operations on the scene Cannon stated, “We were warned to not go there. I’m going there. Yes.”
Chief Alston responded to the question at a separate press briefing, “The answer is an emphatic no. No. The science and the timeline is there.”
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