Saturday, May 24, 2014

THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! MAYOR SLY AND COUNCIL PLAYING WITH FIRE AND KANSAS CITY FINANCES!!!



As election season approaches, Kansas City politicos are soon to turn up the heat on the electorate and tempers will flare amid discussion of hot button issues like trimming and/or raising taxes for the KCFD.

As usual, any discussion of the Fire Department has locals fuming mad.

The latest example . . .

KSHB: Kansas City Fire Department pumper trucks are set to shut down in June and the Firefighter's Union says the decision will put lives in danger.

Now, firefighters in Kansas City are typically a humorless bunch of former jocks long past their glory days and most people know that any disagreement with them usually results in death threats BUT for the moment they still hold a reasonable (yet quickly fading) amount of political power.

Now . . .

Given an upcoming sales tax for firefighters aimed at locking in rates before KCMO's credit raiting takes a nose dive . . .

Given the threat of KCFD outsourcing . . .

And considering, ADMITTEDLY , cuts to the KCFD don't seem wise when we all know that cash is going directly to toy train . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS ADVISE US TO PREPARE FOR MORE THAN A BIT OF POLITICAL TRICKERY INVOLVING FIRE CUT THREATS AS ELECTION SEASON GETS CLOSER!!!

Even better . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS REVEAL THAT THE SALES TAX HIKE FOR FIRE IS POLLING HORRIBLY AND MAYOR SLY AND COUNCIL ARE DESPERATE TO SELL YET ANOTHER LOCAL LEVY!!!

The argument is simple and it's now already in play . . .

Don't pay up and more KCFD cuts are on the table.

A vote against higher sales taxes for KCFD hates America and sides with Osama's ghost and the terrorists.

Basically: Pay KCFD or this town will go up in flames. Isn't that the same threat they made back in the 80s???


And so . . . Get ready to enjoy all of these arguments as Kansas City continues to burn through cash spent on toy trains and political parties . . . Then maybe a brand new hotel.

And all this has inspired tonight's playlist.



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night . . .

30 Comments:

Keep America Beautiful said...

Vote no on all taxes and judges

Anonymous said...

Sly is a bully who will never get my vote on anything. Let those kids on the plaza help him

Anonymous said...

I always do the same. But more people need to step up!

Anonymous said...

Taxes for a joke train or taxes for life safety of the people of kc...no brainer to me. Must not be getting my pocket filled by design firms and construction contracts.

Anonymous said...

New mayor NOW!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

No new taxes !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sly is cutting the FD and PD just to show them who's boss and impress his Big money backers by following the ALEC doctrine.

Anonymous said...

Sly is now the plantation owner enjoy

Anonymous said...

More streetcars= less money
Less money= less cops
Less cops= more crimes and violence
More violence = more EMS and fire calls......
The fire chief is brilliant!

CocoGaugin said...

Be safe and Thank You for all your hard work! we need you so stay strong !

Anonymous said...

The Mayor is an ego maniac who feeds on tax increases No New Taxes

Anonymous said...

Sly and his white boy strike again ,this time they will fail. This City is tired of taxes and his payoff man Oneil.

Anonymous said...

This Fire Chief can barely put together a complete sentence.

Anonymous said...

Public sector unions are the scourge of America. If the fire union is so worried about safety, then they can go to 3 man crews like most other cities around here, rather than 4 man crews.

Anonymous said...

But we will get a new taxpayer paid hotel and airport.

Anonymous said...

This may go down as the year Killer City really does become the next Detroit.

Anonymous said...

How could 3 man crews be safer? With so few stations and them closing 2 more?

Anonymous said...

Our closest fire truck is 10 minutes away at 152 and north Brighton! We have little fire protection in the northland. Liberty pd and FD came to the car wreck up the street and we are way inside KC, it took them more than 10 minutes.

Anonymous said...

If a bunch of stinking niggers want to burn the city to the ground, then let em do it. I'm tired of kissing their black asses.

Anonymous said...

10:57 PM has a great point. If most other fire departments in the country can operate as 3 person crews, why can't KCFD? Answer - They can but that would mean less fire fighters as members of Local 42, and less political clout for their union. Make them produce even one study from an independent, unbias source that suggests 4 person crews are safer than 3 person crews. Clue - They cannot do it, because the only ones touting the 4 person crew principle are the International Fire Fighters Association. In other words, a bunch of union members put together a study showing 4 person crews are safer than 3 person crews and every fire union in the county has used it to beef up the size of their local fire union and gain more political clout by guarenteeing votes for politicians during election cycles. This is the biggest public sector union scam going.

Facts are stubborn things. The fact is that due to improvements in fire prevention and suppression systems, the numbers of actual fires the KCFD responds to have gone done consistantly for the last 40 years. This is why they used their political clout to take over the ambulance service, something that has been a complete disaster, and has cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. By taking over the ambulance service, the KCFD has been able to pad their stats with ambulance calls in the absence of actual fire calls. By padding their stats with ambulance calls, they then are able to justify a larger budget, and then funnel the money into larger pay raises.

Additonally, if you recall, there was a great deal of debate when the current fire tax was put on the ballot about whether the KCFD should be using money from that tax to pay salaries of fire fighters. The argument against the idea was that the tax would eventually sunset, leaving only three unfavorable options: 1) the KCFD would either have to lay off fire fighters or 2) the money would have to come from the city's general fund or 3) the city would have to go back to the voters to request and extention of the tax with no guarentee the voters would approve it. Hiring city employees (public safety or otherwise) with a sunsetting sales tax is bad policy all the way around.

10:57 hit the nail on the head! If the mayor and city manager had a brain between them, they would privatize the ambulance service, and cut the budget of KCFD to the bone, thereby forcing them to go to 3 person crews and consequently reducing their political clout so they cannot hold the taxpayers hostage for unreasonably high pay raises.

Anonymous said...

This turd sandwich brought to you by the incompetent city manager Troy Schulte. Time to fire his ass.

Anonymous said...

Local 42 owns this city. Fewer fires than ever, less need for firefighters, yet they control city hall.

Anonymous said...

@7:58, fewer fires, has nothing to do with fighting hem. Manpower and tactics needed to fight them remain the same. Some stations that had 2 fires a day, now have one. You still don't change the way you go into and attack fires just because you have one less per day. Especially if you are the homeowner trying to go out. I don't think that person ever said, "hey send less manpower, you know, because we don't have as many fires as we did in the 70's"

Anonymous said...

@7:22 AND 10:57.

Let's see, where do I start. First, both of you really just don't understand what you are actually talking about. Most, cities around here with the exception of a few don't run 3 firefighters. Either way, most "cities" around here, in comparison to KC as far as size, call volume and fire load is complete apples to oranges. Every major in city in the US, not KC metro, that you actually can make a true comparison to KC, stacks up about that same, and all run 4 man engine companies. There is a big reason for it that you two really just don't understand. Let's think about this for a minute, you made the claim that 3 men is safer vs. 4 men on fire scenes? With that being said, how many fire scenes have you actually been to? Do you even understand the tasks and operations step by step when making an attack on a fire? Do you understand what equipment is needed when it comes to house vs apartment fires? Don't you think reducing staffing makes tasks like, hooking up to a fire hydrant, deploying a hose line, putting up ladders, setting up a command and attack plan, forcing entry into a secured building and doing a primary search make it a little harder and more time consuming? Don't you think that the fact fire can double in size every 45 seconds depending what's actually burning makes scenes much more dangerous to the firefighter and victims especially when you spread those tasks out over a smaller number of individuals automatically taking more time to accomplish? What's next are you two going to comment on law enforcements handling of active shooter scenes? Or the military, and it's tactics of dealing with raids? Credibility is key, you two, don't seem to have any.

Anonymous said...

Part 2: Of course the study says that it's not necessary to have 4-man staffing but you absolutely need to have a minimum of 4 firefighters assembled before you can make the initial attack on a fire, meaning if you choose to staff below 4 per company you will have a wait time before firefighters can go to work putting out a structure fire. The conclusion of this study is to staff at a 4 firefighter level per engine/pumper because of the complications of assembly time in more rural areas of the protection district (just like KCMO's outer-lying city limits where responses are already not in compliance with recommended standards).

If you really wanted to return to 3 firefighter engines/pumpers, you would need to create dozens of additional companies to simply comply with OSHA and stay within the industry standard of adequate response times, seeing that KC North as well as parts of Eastern KC & South KC are already underserved. No tax paying citizen should have to wait 10+ minutes for the closest emergency responders when their child is drowning at the neighborhood pool or house catches fire due to lightning strike.

Now NFPA created the 1710 Standard, for the purpose of specifying the minimum criteria, addressing the effectiveness and efficiency of the career public fire suppression operations, emergency medical service, and special operations delivery in protecting the citizens of the jurisdiction and while in compliance of OSHA's Standard. But I'm sure you have read these studies and the 1710 Manuel. I look forward to your response and would like to see you logically justify these studies and "union" claims of using "scare tactics" because the IAFF simply is doing their very duty of providing better working conditions.

Anonymous said...

Man some Chief got his panties in a bunch.

Flint Lock said...

12:38 Liberty, west of 35 on 152 is Kansas City. All the way to 29 and possibly beyond. North of Liberty up WHB to 92 and then west almost to Smithville.... But getting service there is like pulling teeth with a pair of pliers.

Anonymous said...

Liberty had a fire and had to call KC for help, is that common?

Anonymous said...

Part 1 (posting again because it was taken down): Let's take a look at the FACTS that fire departments around the world in most developed nations look to when it comes to standards and safety: First, you should get acquainted with the history of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is an international trade association, that creates and maintains private, copyrighted, standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments. This includes publications from model building codes to the many on equipment utilized by firefighters while engaging in hazardous material (hazmat) response, rescue response, and firefighting. Go here: http://www.nfpa.org/about-nfpa/overview/history to read about the history of how they were started over 100 years ago.

The NFPA has done a few important things, like developing and promoting the use of sprinkler heads in the 1880's. They helped nationalize standards for electricity during Edison's time to make it safer for everyday use. The engineers, insurance agencies, fire chiefs, manufacturers, installers and the federal govt that helped establish NFPA continue to work with the association to create safer standards for citizens and firefighters alike, but I'm sure you'll be able to back up your claim that "because the only ones touting the 4 person crew principle are the International Fire Fighters Association. In other words, a bunch of union members put together a study showing 4 person crews are safer than 3 person crews and every fire union in the county has used it to beef up the size of their local fire union and gain more political clout by guarenteeing votes for politicians during election cycles. This is the biggest public sector union scam going."

In addition to the NFPA, there's this little organization called the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) and their publication: Respiratory Protection Standard, 1910.134(g)(4) that calls for the "2 in 2 out" rule in firefighting. Designed to reduce firefighter casualties by reducing the amount of firefighters in a structure fire by themselves.

Now OSHA and NFPA aren't the only non "Union" agency to weigh in on the issue of 4-man engines/pumpers, FEMA's United States Fire Administration weighed in on the issue in a study done in 1999 about the Hillsborough County Fire & Rescue Department (suburban Tampa, FL), you can read it here: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/pdf/efop/efo29735.pdf

Anonymous said...

TONY, Write TIGHT! Before you post, go in and cut your stories down by about a third... delete all repetition.