Monday, April 28, 2014

Slash & Burn Kansas City: Cutting KCFD

The newspaper reports bad puns and just a a few topics we've already covered . . . Alarm bells go off over KC fire company reductions: "The Kansas City Fire Department will soon close two fire companies in south Kansas City and near the Plaza."

Related: Don't Forget The KCFD $7 Million Overtime Surprise

18 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Old news Tony. The last contract with the Union shows that everyone agreed to this closure (2 years ago). Find something new in a feeble attempt to look like a real news source.

Tony said...

So we agree? It was news back when we reported it FIRST. Natch.

Anonymous said...

LOL 6:52 just got owned.

Anonymous said...

Streetcar or Firefighters. Which is it going to be?

Anonymous said...

The union and the city agreed to this. Did the citizens also agree?

Anonymous said...

7:45 you are so right

Creative Solutions KC said...


If the KCFD needs an effective strategy to reduce the number of employees quickly (and without further union wrangling), the following program should be instituted:

Over the course of several months have the firemen scheduled to get drunk and belligerent;
Commit assault on a cabbie;
Resist arrest;
Assault a police officer with intent to commit great bodily harm;
Take two center-of-mass rounds from the police officers service weapon.

This program will not only reduce the payroll load on the FD, but it will help to train the PD officers to better defend themselves from the marauding hordes of useless feral shit that are taking over the city.

Anonymous said...

Streetcar and the fire department are completely unrelated. Different funding mechanisms. You can have both effective well funded fire departments and real public transit in a city. It happens all over this country. Take a vacation to almost anywhere KCs size or bigger. They have both.

Anonymous said...

Just because there are "different funding mechanisms" doesn't make wasting money legitimate. All taxes harm economic activity unless those taxes are used for something that has a greater benefit.

As to the argument that everyone else is doing it I quit using that when my parents quit listening.

Anonymous said...

You're a fool. The fire department budget comes from the general fund just like the streetcar. The council can take money from anywhere... see the new water bond tax the stole 27 million from.

Anonymous said...

"The Kansas City Fire Department will soon close two fire companies in south Kansas City and near the Plaza." - Sounds like a good start...but don't stop there! The City Manager and Mayor should stick to their guns and force the KCFD to go to three fire fighters per truck, like most other fire departments across the country. Two advantages here: 1) you reduce the costs/budget of the fire department, 2) you reduce the size of the pain in the ass union known as Local 42. It's a win-win for the city and the taxpayers!

Anonymous said...

about time they got rid of some of these worthless fucks. mabey they can go to work for price chopper.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to go to your job and tell you what you should do and how many of your coworkers you should fire. That would be fun.

Anonymous said...

@3:48pm
Your "advantages" listed have a few flaws. You say that reducing staffing on pieces of apparatus will reduce costs/budget. In all actuality, reducing the staffing on a piece of apparatus has the potential to increase costs in the short and long run. In the short run it will increase costs in that if you reduce staffing on a truck you will have to send more total pieces of apparatus to an incident (such as a fire) to mitigate said incident effectively. Second, reducing personnel increases the potential for on-duty injury and work comp claims which will increase the costs/budget in the long run. Third, and arguably most important, reducing staffing compromises worker safety.

Anonymous said...

Yet most FDs across the country are able to do it without the problems you've described.

Anonymous said...

Which FDs are you referring to when you say "most"?

Anonymous said...

9:36, here's a definition of most for you to ponder: in the greatest quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number

Anonymous said...

@1202
you aren't really answering the question. I asked which "FDs" (fire departments) are you referring to? I understand the definition of the word "most" but thank you for the clarification. I meant which specific Fire departments you are referencing.