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November 1, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
WHEN PHILLY firefighters and paramedics ousted their hotheaded union president last summer, there was hope for a fresh start in the caustic relationship between Mayor Nutter's administration and the union. So much for that. Compelled by a subpoena from City Councilman Jim Kenney, a vocal union ally, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers testified yesterday at a hearing on the department's recent retraction of promotions for 14 employees. A Common Pleas judge had ordered the promotions, following a lawsuit from the union.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
VENTNOR, N.J. - There was a moment a year ago, as Sandy was already sending water through their town, when the firefighters on Ventnor's second platoon realized the depths of their own predicaments. "Phil, me, Flynn, Joe Callahan, we're seeing the water level rise," recalled Capt. Michael Cahill of the Ventnor City Fire Department. "And we're saying to each other, 'If it's this high, it's got to be in our living rooms.' " And it was, pretty much. Half of Ventnor's 42 firefighters had homes damaged in the storm.
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October 25, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
EDWARD SCARDIGLI had a passion for helping people, and he got plenty of chances as a Philadelphia firefighter. For most of his 26-year career, he was assigned to Engine 16 in West Philadelphia, one of the city's busiest companies. He managed to emerge unscathed from two of Philadelphia's most horrendous fires more than three decades ago, the Gulf Refinery in 1975, in which eight firefighters were killed, and the ARCO refinery fire in which then-Mayor Frank Rizzo was injured. At the Gulf fire, he saw his fire engine melt in the intense heat.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA The same Common Pleas Court judge who initially ordered the city to promote 14 members of the Fire Department ruled Friday the city has the right to withdraw those promotions. Judge Leon Tucker's decision is the latest move in a battle between the city and Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters over the 14 promotions. City spokesman Mark McDonald welcomed Tucker's decision. "From the start, the Nutter administration asserted that the fire commissioner has discretion in promoting individuals from the civil service list.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai and Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
A 66-year-old man shot and killed his wife Wednesday night, then turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Henry Yip, a retired firefighter, killed his wife, Vicki Yip, 54, in their home on the 300 block of East Washington Avenue in Magnolia, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. Magnolia police responded to the home about 7 p.m. after getting a call from a relative, who had, the Prosecutor's Office said, "received an alarming phone call from Henry Yip. " As they arrived on the street, an officer saw a person inside the home and heard a gunshot.
NEWS
September 26, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hours after city officials announced on Tuesday an appellate court victory in a fight with the firefighters' union, the union filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to keep 14 recently promoted firefighters at their new ranks. Last week, the city won a Commonwealth Court ruling allowing fire officials to return five captains to the rank of lieutenant and nine lieutenants to the rank of firefighter. But Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler issued an emergency motion Tuesday afternoon preventing the Fire Department from moving forward with 14 demotions until a hearing is held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of Common Pleas Judge Court Leo Tucker.
NEWS
September 8, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AFTER AN UGLY and unprecedented four-year battle with the city's firefighters' union, Mayor Nutter has raised the white flag. Nutter yesterday withdrew his appeal of an arbitration award that the administration had long contended it could not afford. "We made the appeal for the right reasons," Nutter said. "We couldn't afford it. Now we can. " The city will pay its firefighters and paramedics $47 million in retroactive wage increases - about $5,000 per employee, on average - and make a $28 million payment to union health-care funds.
NEWS
September 8, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter ended one of his administration's most contentious labor disputes Friday, agreeing to drop an appeal of the city firefighters' arbitration award and pay them back raises and benefits. Each firefighter should see about $5,000 in back pay in the coming weeks, costing the city $47 million, officials said. Nutter's act resolved a five-year dispute with Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the union for firefighters and paramedics, but the administration remained in a showdown with two of the city's four largest municipal workers unions.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are "no indications" that an 11-alarm blaze that destroyed a Delanco warehouse was set, the township fire chief said Wednesday. Ron Holt said investigators were working to determine the cause of the blaze at the Dietz & Watson facility. Flames were reported coming from the roof around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, and the fire was brought under control by about 5:40 p.m. Monday. Holt said a fire suppression team wrapped up early Wednesday afternoon, but a crew would monitor the building overnight.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SEVERAL residents were displaced yesterday by an apartment fire in Queen Village on the same Fabric Row block where a firefighter was killed battling a blaze in April. The fire was reported at 3:13 p.m. in a second-floor apartment above Anh's Custom Tailors and Cleaners at 4th and Catharine streets. Firefighters got the blaze under control at 3:53 p.m. The fire itself did little damage to the exterior of the building, but heavy smoke forced out residents of the apartments and two nearby homes.
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