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Atlanta Fire Union proposes public safety surcharge on ticketed events

Union suggests new funding method for essential equipment As reported by Atlanta News First, the Atlanta Fire Union is exploring innovative methods to fund necessary equipment by proposing a ‘public safety surcharge’ on ticketed events in Atlanta. During a budget hearing, Atlanta Fire Union President Nathan Bailey presented the proposal, highlighting its potential to support […]

Atlanta conducts audit on fire fleet amidst equipment shortages

City audits fire department fleet due to maintenance and supply issues The City of Atlanta has initiated an audit of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s (AFRD) vehicle fleet as it confronts longstanding equipment challenges exacerbated by maintenance difficulties and a backlog in orders. City Council members highlighted concerns last fall regarding the inconsistent availability of […]

Station 16 Holiday Party: A tradition of giving in Atlanta

Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 16 continues over half-century tradition of community celebration The enduring tradition of the Station 16 Holiday Party, initiated by the first African American firefighters of Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 16 in 1972, marked another successful year. This event, rooted in community spirit and togetherness, celebrated its 53rd anniversary, underscoring its status […]

Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation initiates ‘Fleet Forward’ campaign

Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation launches innovative sustainability campaign The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation (AFRF) recently announced the initiation of the ‘Fleet Forward’ capital campaign. This initiative, kickstarted with a significant $500,000 donation from Norfolk Southern, aims to raise $3 million for the acquisition of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s (AFRD) first electric fire engine and […]

Atlanta’s Fire Department grapples with severe equipment shortages

Atlanta’s Fire Department faces a critical equipment shortage, affecting its operational capabilities and response times, as detailed in a recent article. Equipment shortages impact operational readiness Bill Brockman, a former Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department battalion chief, highlighted the dire situation by recalling a 1999 incident where the department, then fully equipped, struggled to control […]

Atlanta City Council earmarks millions for police and fire equipment

Atlanta City Council passes significant funding for emergency services The Atlanta City Council has unanimously approved a substantial investment for emergency response equipment. On Monday (6 November), the council greenlit a financial package totaling $40 million to address the dire need for new equipment within the city’s police and fire departments. The move comes in […]

Atlanta fire stations face temporary closures amid equipment shortage

Three Atlanta fire stations shutter their doors temporarily due to equipment and staff deficiencies In a recent update provided on Monday, October 23, 2023, Atlanta Fire Chief Roderick Smith confirmed the temporary closure of three local fire stations. The reason cited was a shortage of essential equipment and personnel. Stations in the spotlight: Atlanta fire […]

Retired firefighter’s disability discrimination case to be heard by Supreme Court

Supreme Court to address disability discrimination for retirees The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether retired workers can sue their former employers for disability discrimination after leaving their jobs, as reported by Reuters. The justices granted a petition from Karyn Stanley, a retired firefighter from Sanford, Florida. Stanley is appealing a lower court […]

Pye-Barker’s strategic expansion marks continued growth in fire and safety sector

Acquisitions Strengthen Pye-Barker’s National Presence Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, a leading name in the fire protection, life safety, and security services industry in the United States, has been on a strategic expansion spree, marking its growth with multiple acquisitions across the country. In 2023, Pye-Barker made significant strides by acquiring several companies, each marking a […]

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