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In Florida, Martin County Fire-Rescue Lt. Todd Tucker, who is the vice-president of IAFF Local 2959, sent out a video he created on Monday. It features some really stupid remarks earlier in May by County Commissioner Ed Fielding at a meeting where Chief Joe Ferrara made the department’s case for a county training facility.
The video made news yesterday. In the story above, Lt. Tucker is interviewed. Immediately below is Tucker’s creation and below that is a story featuring the reaction to the video from Ed Fielding. Fielding admits his comment about Chicago hi-rises was not his best moment (maybe he watches too much Chicago Fire) but nothing is said about his remark that firefighters should do training on their own time. All of this comes just six months after Firefighter Jahwann McIntyre was critically burned in a fire.
“He’s in a position to vote on very important public safety issues and those things just crossed the line,” said Lt. Tucker, the Vice President of IAFF Local 2959.
Commissioner Fielding is heard on the video saying, “We’re not Chicago with 50-100 stories. I mean great day what have we got 4 stories? You can throw a rope up there and climb the wall with that.”
“It scares us to know there’s a guy in a position of power who thinks that about what we do. Because if you translate that all the way down, it means we’re not going to have the equipment we need because he doesn’t think we need it,” said Lt. Tucker.
After Martin County firefighter Jahwann McIntyre was seriously burned in a house fire last December, the union requested meetings with all 5 county commissioners and says only Fielding has said no to this point.
Commissioner Fielding told NewsChannel 5 Tuesday his ‘rope’ comment wasn’t necessary.