Contract Negotiation Document ‘Leaked’ To Fire Department Critic With Sharp Message

WARWICK, RI — A frequent critic of the Warwick Fire Department received a mixed message of sorts in a mailed contract negotiation document, and the city is concerned about why it was released. The envelope that included the potentially confidential two pages titled “Management Submitted Initial Proposals” was mailed to Rob Cote Monday, covering a […]

Omaha Mayor Calls Firefighters Soda Can Alerts “Unnecessary”

OMAHA, NE — Mayor Jean Stothert said she first saw the “soda can” alert when she watched our KETV report. Some firefighters place pop cans on top of a printer that activates when emergency calls come in–causing the pop cans to fall to the floor making a loud noise. “When I saw the cell phone […]

NJ Police, Firefighters Push For Separate Control Of Their Pensions

New Jersey police and fire unions are taking another crack at getting control of their pension fund now that former Gov. Chris Christie is no longer in office. A bill vetoed by Christie last year to spin police and fire pensions off from the government worker pension fund was approved by the state Senate Budget […]

‘Deep Division,’ Distrust Pervade Huntington Beach Police Department, Study Finds

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — Team-building among police staff, leadership development, infrastructure improvements and additional staffing are among 16 recommendations for improvement made by an independent consulting firm tasked with studying operations at the Huntington Beach Police Department. City officials in November hired Costa Mesa-based Management Partners to gather employee perspectives on the department’s strengths and […]

Mayor’s Race May Put SF Fire Chief’s Job On Shaky Ground

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — It looks like at least two mayoral candidates, should they win in June, may ask Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White to pack her bags and ride a cherry-red fire engine into the sunset. Most new mayoral administrations regularly pick new city department heads as a matter of course, but that wasn’t […]