January 19, 2012 |
When the state agency that oversees the city's finances commissioned a report on the Philadelphia Fire Department two years ago, it was with the hope that a rational examination of the department's political hot-button issues could be done. That study, released Wednesday, did not shy away from some of the most controversial problems - referencing in the first few pages the distrust between labor and management, and the history of racial and gender tensions in the ranks. The report also described a Fire Department culture "resistant to change," and was critical of a management structure that "tends to reinforce the status quo. " "The gap between the current reality and the department's aspirations for itself is wide," the study said.
February 9, 2001 |
Firefighter Tim McShea is a modest kind of a guy. For 23 years, he has been a hard-working firefighter, spending most of his career assigned to busy Ladder 22 in Juniata. But besides fighting fires, this decorated firefighter spends every minute of his spare time volunteering. He coaches kids for Holy Innocents CYO Athletics and St. Hubert's High School JV Softball. He's president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 22. He sings with the Mummers Chorus and runs the Juniata Strutters.
July 29, 1991 |
ARSON INVESTIGATOR Tom Halpin, of the Philadelphia Fire Department, examines the charred remains of Philadelphia Suzuki in the 2600 block of Castor Avenue. A four-alarm fire destroyed the Northeast motorcycle dealership early yesterday morning. The cause of the fire, which gutted the building, was under investigation.
September 21, 1994 |
The eight-alarm Quaker Lace factory fire might have been contained and 12 nearby houses saved if the owner had not removed the fire walls from the rambling 150-year-old structure two weeks ago, a city official said yesterday. Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Bennett Levin said that inspectors were at the vacant North Philadelphia factory on Sept. 8 for a routine inspection and found demolition work being performed inside without a permit. Inspectors declared the building dangerous at that time, Levin said, because fire walls had been torn down.
July 19, 2004
RE VERN Anastasio's letter (July 1): I couldn't agree more. As the son of a retired Philadelphia firefighter, I believe it is morally wrong to cut the city budget on the backs of the hard-working men and women of the Philadelphia Fire Department. After 9/11, the brave men and women who protect our streets and neighborhoods are needed more than ever to keep our great city safe. I also agree that the Street administration "is doing a perfectly horrible job growing our economy, our jobs, our services and our fiscal security.
May 6, 2010
WILLIAM RICHMOND was the fire commissioner during the siege on Osage Avenue. 1985: The MOVE Commission said that after a police helicopter dropped a bomb on a bunker on the roof of the MOVE house, starting a fire, Richmond conferred with Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor and decided to let the bunker burn. The commission said allowing the fire to burn constituted the use of fire as a tactical weapon. The MOVE Commission report also said that Richmond had advised Sambor that they could let the bunker burn and contain the blaze later.
December 13, 1994 |
George V. Hink, 76, a retired battalion chief in the Philadelphia Fire Department who followed in the footsteps of his father, former City Fire Commissioner George E. Hink, died Saturday at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. A Woodbury resident since 1967, Mr. Hink retired after he was disabled by the collapse of a fire escape during a 1965 fire at 10th and Market Streets, said his son Michael P. Hink. Up until the injury, Mr. Hink was "very much following in his dad's footsteps," said Robert Wauhop, who worked with Mr. Hink in the early 1960s and is now the Philadelphia Fire Department's deputy commissioner for operations.
July 30, 2014 |
Westville authorities want the Philadelphia Fire Department to pay for the borough's fire boat, claiming that it was totaled by the wake of a Philadelphia fire boat. In documents filed in state and federal courts, Westville alleges that both departments responded to a fire at Dock 4 at the BP Petroleum plant in Paulsboro. According to the lawsuit, on the evening of Sept. 16, 2010, Westville firefighters arrived first in their FB7 vessel, contained the blaze, and advised Philadelphia that further assistance was not needed from the city's boat, the Independence.
April 19, 2007
THE SITUATION concerning Rodney Jean-Jacques, the rapping firefighter, is a case of, among other things, the idea of a higher standard. Just as teachers are put in a position of public scrutiny, so too are police officers and firefighters, if not more so. Because of this, these professions, along with certain others, are held to a higher standard of performance, decency and, dare I say, political correctness. Their behavior is always in public view. There is very little room for mistake.
February 12, 2000 |
Raymond J. Gwin Jr., 74, who rose through the ranks to become an assistant chief in the Philadelphia Fire Department, died Wednesday from a heart attack at his Williamstown, Gloucester County, home. He lived in Southwest Philadelphia for 41 years before moving to Williamstown 10 years ago. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of South Catholic High School. Mr. Gwin was an assistant fire chief for the Philadelphia Fire Department before retiring in 1978. He started in 1950 as a firefighter stationed at 82d Street and Tinicum Avenue.