The last time an arbitration panel awarded a new contract to Philadelphia’s firefighters and paramedics, Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration spent about four years fighting it in court.
Bob Neary and Dan Sweeney are smiling down on Kensington.
In the continuum of contentiousness between the Nutter administration and the members of the Philadelphia’s firefighters and paramedics union, brownouts in particular stick in the union’s craw.
There was only some silence in their sadness.
Philadelphia’s Civil Service Commission has paved the way for a Nutter administration plan to halve the number of paramedics serving on each of the fire department’s 50 medic units, despite vehement objections from leaders of the city’s firefighters and paramedics union.
D.A.’s inaction an insult to city’s firefighters
Large vacant commercial and industrial properties are fire traps, according to City Councilman Dennis O’Brien.
An investigating grand jury convened by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has chosen not to recommend criminal charges in connection with a 2012 arson that destroyed a vacant Kensington warehouse and claimed the lives of two city firefighters.
Warming hearts: Firefighters Union President Joe Schulle and state Rep. Ed Neilson posed with kids from Thomas Holme Elementary School, who received 100 new coats as part of “Operation Warm.” MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS