Friday, August 23, 2019
TKC FACT CHECK: KANSAS CITY 'NEWS' SHUT DOWN BY FIREFIGHTERS!!!
With all due respect, the Kansas City firefighters don't answer to journalists, elected officials or police when it comes to the inner workings of their department.
We'll tread carefully because it's not that interesting as union membership continues it's long, downward spiral whilst pension debt is pushing KCMO toward bankruptcy sometime in the next decade.
A few topics that our blog community has talked about for months but newsies struggle to get on the record . . .
- This year FD drama got physical and violence among the top brass isn't a personnel issue but should be a matter of PUBLIC RECORD.
- Already there's resistance against A GROUNDBREAKING MOVE FOR A NEW LADY CHIEF . . . The old guard wants yet another shot at control and their reign dates back to the bad old days of the 70s strike-era.
- New Mayor Quinton owes the Firefighters an election debt and HE'S NOT STRONG ENOUGH to demand any reform or transparency. Don't expect him to ask.
Don't mistake any of this fire KCFD hateration . . .
There has actually been a pretty decent debate in the comments noting that the KCFD rank & file mostly abhor the politics of their leadership as much as everybody else.
No, they're not gonna give up their overtime without a fight but neither would anybody else.
The glimmer of hope: Traditional fire departments are changing as the need for fire suppression continues to diminish and the future of most American fire departments is to provide EMT service.
From an election and policy perspective . . .
Old school KCFD leaders lost the race to capture votes in Kansas City's fastest growing community.
THE NORTHLAND IS COPLAND and the fire union now must compete with increasingly politically motivated police union leaders for relevance, control and the biggest portion of the public safety pie that dominates the KCMO budget.
Meanwhile . . .
The news blackout on the latest FD shenanigans continues whilst "journalists" attempt to present a plausible and politically expedient version of recent KCFD upheaval that might actually resemble something close to the reality of the situation.
Developing . . .