December 7, 2014 |
When I first became interested in rehabbing older houses, I stumbled on the private, nonprofit Philadelphia Architectural Salvage Ltd., which had a warehouse a couple blocks from Girard College. On occasion, I would accompany the employees on salvaging missions, typically houses that had been condemned by the city, which authorized the expeditions. By the time the salvagers arrived, the houses were in sorry shape and stripped of anything valuable. One house we went into back in 1991 had a tree growing through the kitchen roof, and the living room ceiling was sagging deeply.
November 17, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Can Atlantic City be a destination resort with fewer cops? Among the proposals posted last week on the website run by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority was "rightsizing" the city's police and fire departments. The recommendation, posted the day after the second city summit led by Gov. Christie, calls for reducing the police department from 330 uniformed employees to 285, and the fire department from 261 to 180. It also brought up the possibility of regionalizing both departments to further save costs.
January 31, 2014 |
IN ADVANCE of what one lawmaker expects to be a "blistering" grand-jury report on the deaths of two Philadelphia firefighters, City Councilman Denny O'Brien will introduce a bill today that takes inspecting vacant warehouses a step further. In the early morning of April 9, 2012, a five-alarm fire broke out in an abandoned six-story hosiery warehouse in Kensington. The fire, which engulfed more than half a city block, killed Lt. Robert Neary, 60, and Daniel Sweeney, 25, both of the Fire Department's Ladder 10 station.
January 11, 2013
I HAVE LIVED and worked in Philadelphia all my life. I have paid taxes on my home for over 55 years. The only things I have asked for in all that time have been trash removal, safe streets and police and fire protection. Now Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers tells us that updating our EMS system would be "a long, arduous process, a costly process. " Stop telling us why things can't be done - just get them done! And while we're talking about the Fire Department, Mayor Nutter, give the firemen their raises.
July 7, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Firefighters around the West on Friday were taking advantage of improving weather conditions to make strides against stubborn wildfires - even containment in some locales - that have destroyed homes, forced evacuations, and scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of timber and brush. In Redding, Calif., a growing blaze was threatening dozens of homes amid tinder-dry conditions. It erupted into a 2-square-mile fire less than a day after it was spotted. "Even though there are no extreme winds and temperatures, this fire really burned because of how dry the conditions are," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
July 6, 2012 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - When firefighter Eric Morris shows up at wildfires across the West, locals battling the flames sometimes look at him and wonder who sent him. The answer isn't a public agency. It's an insurance company. Morris is among a group of private firefighters hired in recent years to protect homes with high-end insurance policies. In a wildfire season that is one of the most destructive ever to hit the region, authorities and residents say their help is welcome.
December 23, 2010
I SENT a letter to you weeks ago about the lack of fire protection in Frankford. You did not publish it. Now today, three firefighters and one civilian were injured in the area once covered by Engine 14. A quicker application of water on this fire should have been accomplished. The administration will tell you that an apparatus was on scene at a specific time. They will be right. But that fire truck was Ladder 15. They come from the same building where Engine 14 was housed. Also, Ladder 15 has no water for fighting a fire.
December 15, 2010
RE THE recent letters about "Dancing With the Stars": I don't think that anyone died because Jennifer Grey outscored Bristol Palin. But there's continued death and destruction in Philadelphia due to the fire department cuts. When fire deaths were down, the mayor leaped at the chance to slash fire protection. What will he do now that deaths are on the rise? Raymond Vozzelli, Philadelphia
October 6, 2010
Ruling on fish revives dispute WASHINGTON - The Sacramento splittail fish does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled Tuesday. The decision, denounced by an environmental group, puts the Obama administration on the same side as a Bush administration official who was accused of political interference in dozens of endangered-species cases, including a 2003 decision to remove the Sacramento splittail from the threatened-species list.