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Statement by Chelsea Fire Fighters Local 937
Chelsea Fire Fighters Local 937 is deeply saddened by the incident that took place in our city Monday evening. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim’s family and our brothers and sisters on the Chelsea Police Department, as well as the Warren Ave. neighborhood.
We took an oath as firefighters, to protect the citizens we represent at all costs. We know - more than most - that life can change in an instance. Firefighters are often the first to respond to a fire, medical emergency, active shooter situation, or act of terrorism. It’s situations like night that reiterate the importance of having the proper equipment and training and being fully staffed as crucial elements to our jobs.
The City of Chelsea claims that they are unable to fund both the ballistic helmets and Department of Homeland Security endorsed training in FY17 that would benefit our department. However, the math doesn’t add up, as the City has had the ability to financially stabilize over the last 10 years. The City is harboring a free cash balance of $34-million with an additional $2-million sitting in a stabilization fund. The equipment and training we are requesting will not negatively impact the City of Chelsea’s budget. It will make our members safer and better equipped for the community we serve.
When the City of Chelsea unilaterally implemented an Active Shooter Policy, they did so without Chelsea Fire Fighters Local 937 input. In most cities, this is an issue that would be part of contract negotiations, but not for our members. Our goal is to make sure we are trained and properly equipped. We want – and our City leaders should want us – to have the tools we need to stay safe and keep our public safe.
Monday's incident was not an isolated incident, and we urge the City to reassess the situation and fund the ballistic helmets and appropriate training immediately. We are asking the public to call city hall at (617) 466-4000 and ask the city manager, city council and fire chief to fully equip Chelsea firefighters with the equipment and training recommended by the Department of Homeland Security.
Boston 25 News Story can be seen here:
Yesterday (03/28/2017) MA Governor Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget which would increase PSOB (Public Safety Officer Benefit) from $150,000 to $300,000. This will be a great help to those families effected by tragedy. Thank you to Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and all the members of the Senate and House Of Representatives. Watertown Firefighter Toscano's family will be eligible to receive this benefit.
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