Citing a campaign of harassment, antagonism and bullying, Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis P. Reilly, is stepping down from the position he has held since 2012.
In a letter dated Sept. 14 to the SBFPD Board of Directors, Reilly announced his intention to relinquish his duties effective on or about Oct. 10. Reilly will remain on the district’s payroll until Oct. 31, using accrued vacation time.
In the letter, Reilly made several references to the turmoil that has been taking place within the district. For the last several months, the district has come under fire by a member of the board, Bob Hemen, who has questioned Reilly’s leadership and management of the district. Reilly said he has witnessed and been a victim of Hemen’s campaign of intimidation and bullying against employees.
Reilly said at this point in career he has decided to resign and move on to another position.
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On Sunday, Fire Chief Teddy Stamatis had just left his home to go shopping when a fire call came in for a working fire at the Macclesfield Rural Fire Department's station.
On arrival Stamatis found heavy fire showing in the firehouse. He was able to get one of the apparatus bay doors open and remove one of his tankers to safety.
He tried to get back in but the building was too heavily involved. He could hear the other local fire departments responding and many of his firefighters were now arriving on location.
There wasn't much they could do until the other fire apparatus arrived. A total of 10 different stations responding with over 70 firefighters, and they took several hours to bring the fire, which was reported at about 9:30 a.m. under control. Crews were still extinguishing hot spots and removing debris at 4:30 pm, seven hours after arrival.
Norwich Township Fire Chief Jeff Warren was happy to be wrong. He thought the number of people enrolled in his fire department’s collaborative program with National Church Residences was around 100.
Actually, it’s already grown to 120. Not far off, but he still underestimated it, which meant more people were getting help than he figured.
“That’s just amazing,” Warren said with a smile Thursday as he stood in the bay of Station 81.
The program, now one of three in Franklin County, seeks to fill a gap in the health-care system for seniors by connecting them with services available in their community to help them age in place — such as installing grab bars in homes or helping them understand their prescription schedule. In this case, fire departments deal daily with seniors who reach out to them for a variety of needs outside of emergency medical services.
More than 17 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, EMTs sickened at the World Trade Center are still fighting for unlimited sick time due to resistance, they say, from Mayor de Blasio.
Lawmakers and union leaders ripped de Blasio Monday for his opposition to legislation that would expand unlimited sick time — already available to NYPD officers and FDNY firefighters, and to first responders from outside the city — to another about 4,000 city workers, including FDNY EMS workers. “My message is simple: We respected you, we rescued you. Now we need to be rescued,” Oren Barzilay, president of EMS union Local 2507 said at a City Hall Park press conference. De Blasio has opposed to a state bill that would extend unlimited sick time to EMS workers, members of the Transport Workers Union and other city employees who became ill working on the 9/11 response
New York Daily News
First responders were honored Friday at a U.S. Postal Service stamp ceremony in Montecito.
The firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who assisted during the Thomas Fire and Jan. 9 mudslide were specifically recognized as a new, commemorative "First Responder" Forever stamp was dedicated.
Oprah Winfrey, a resident of Montecito herself, gave the keynote address at Friday's ceremony. "Brave, valiant, daring, undaunted, fearless - those are words but there just aren't enough words or emotions, actually, to describe the heart, the soul, and the fortitude required to sign up to be a first responder," she said.