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Fire contract passes 4-3

Fire contract passes 4-3

“If we are to have a Fire Department and Paramedics we must be competitive.”

June 20, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Commission to decide fire contract on Monday

Commission to decide fire contract on Monday

“I do not want to compromise on Fire and EMS services and our taxpayers would not want us to do that.”

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Fire Department contract difficult yet necessary

Fire Department contract difficult yet necessary

This is something we cannot do on the cheap. We cannot pretend we exist in a vacuum. We are in a market of paramedics and firefighters. They have an actual market value. We cannot allow our dislike of pensions, unions and negotiations to get in the way of what is best for the taxpayers of Longboat Key.

June 5, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

LBK fire contract ratified

LBK fire contract ratified

Agreement returns the Town to paying the majority of Firefighters’ pension costs with a concession of an 11% across the board pay cut.

May 31, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat Fire Department hires half-dozen…

Longboat Fire Department hires half-dozen…

The Longboat Key Fire Department hired six new firefighter/paramedics over the past months to replace firefighters who are in the DROP retirement program and scheduled to retire.  The new hires started the first part of March and have all entered a one month training program consisting of two weeks of department orientation and two weeks [...]

April 4, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat fires up Christmas Spirit

Longboat fires up Christmas Spirit

“Everyone was touched by the positive emotions and the mother was crying with joy the entire time they were there delivering the gifts.”

January 5, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Firefighters saying ‘No’ to latest contract from Town

Firefighters saying ‘No’ to latest contract from Town

“All they have to do to make Longboat Key competitive is to pay their fair share of the pension.”

October 15, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town demands change in medical director contract

Town demands change in medical director contract

“This contract makes me feel like I’m talking to a fireman or policeman; I prefer a fixed amount.”

September 27, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Fire Dept. contract talks begin

Fire Dept. contract talks begin

Will the Town pay more or less than other departments in the region for fire services?

February 8, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Manager Bullock on Fire

Manager Bullock on Fire

The first question I ask is has anyone lost their sense of mission? In this case I believe the mission is in order. Then I look for leadership qualities; is the leadership escalating or de-escalating the situation? I think Dezzi made efforts to de-escalate.

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »