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No Confidence Vote

Orlando Fire Fighters Cast Overwhelming

No Confidence Vote in Fire Chief

Public Safety Crisis Looms in

Wake of Chief's Failed Leadership

 

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - Citing a failure of leadership, Orlando's Fire Fighters have overwhelmingly voted "No Confidence" in Fire Chief Roderick Williams.

In an action unprecedented in the over 50-year history of the Orlando Professional Fire Fighters, 93% of the voting membership expressed no confidence in the ability of Fire Chief Williams to lead the Orlando Fire Department.

"Fire Chief Williams has demonstrated time and time again that he does not understand the importance of the position he holds and shows little respect for the men and women who serve this community" said Ronald Glass, President of the Orlando Professional Fire Fighters. "His failed leadership has placed this City on the verge of a public safety crisis."

Fire Chief Williams' inability to address the needs of our Fire Department in comparison to the explosive growth of the City is evident.  The Orlando Fire Department provides fire protection / suppression services, emergency medical services - including hospital transportation, and a host of technical rescue services to the citizens and visitors of Orlando.  Williams has failed to expand equipment and personnel to meet the needs of these critical services.  On a daily basis, firefighters are removed from frontline apparatus and placed on reserve units to make up for service gaps.  This leaves other large areas of the City with a reduction in manpower and unprotected for extended periods of time, thus placing citizens, visitors, and firefighters at substantial risk.

Chief Williams was unprepared when Hurricane Irma struck. A lack of planning when the storm was days away left the department without a clear coordinated response plan.  Post-storm, Chief Williams sent additional firefighters home, only to be forced to call them all back. Williams allowed the Parks Department to become the lead agency for damage assessment, relieving the Fire Department of one of its core public safety functions.  Chief Williams took up to 4 days to dispatch and direct firefighters to check on special needs citizens located throughout the city.

Leadership issues still linger after the horrific Pulse Night Club Shooting 15 months ago. Chief Williams and his senior command staff were absent throughout the event, not showing up until 6am the following morning. While crews performed heroically, the failure of Fire Chief Williams to arrive and establish a unified command placed both the public and first responders at greater risk. This absence of leadership has continued in the event's aftermath. Additionally, Chief Williams has failed to provide critical peer support for the responding members by refusing to acknowledge incident shortfalls.  His resistance to conducting an after-action report and reluctance to creating a comprehensive policy / standard operating procedure will prevent us from improving our future response.  This lack of action could ultimately mean the difference between life and death in a similar event.  

Fire Chief Williams' failure to improve upon firefighter health and safety issues dealing with both the physical and mental aspects of our job has become a major point of contention with Orlando's Fire Fighters.  During Williams' tenure, 3 firefighters have suffered a cardiac arrest, numerous firefighters are battling cancer, and over 70 firefighters have participated in the UCF Restores Program that was developed for first responders to cope with job related trauma.  Despite this, Chief Williams refuses to openly advocate for improved mental and physical assessments.

"The Orlando Professional Fire Fighters are committed to protecting the citizens, businesses and visitors of this great City," said Glass. "We deserve a fire chief equally committed to supporting us with the tools we need to get the job done. Right now . . . we don't have that.  Unfortunately, the Fire Chief's ineffective leadership is resulting in a public safety crisis and is sinking the morale of this nationally respected fire department".

 

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FIREFIGHTERS SUPPORTING ASIMA AT THE BALDWIN PARK CANDIDATE FORUM


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2017 Pink T-Shirts

 

Shirts will be available for purchase and proceeds will go to Making Strides locally here in Orlando.  This years event will be on Oct 28th at Lake Eola Park. 

The Fire Chief has authorized these T-Shirts to be worn during the month of October in support of the American Cancer Society Cancer Awareness.  Personnel will be able to wear these T-Shirts on Friday - Sunday during October.

You can pay for the shirts via Paypal, Credit Card, and electronic bank draft.  After you place your order an invoice will be sent to you after the order is processed.  We will have a limited supply of childrens sizes and those will be available at a later time.

Orders will be processed within 24 hours, delivery may take 1 - 3 days.

Special delivery instructions will be required for anyone outside of the Orlando Fire Department.


A maximum of three (3) different shirt sizes per order will be submitted.  If you would like to order additional sizes please complete another separate order.
 Most delivery will be to District Chief Offices and City Hall.  If you want to make other arrangements please include those in the "Special Delivery Instructions"
 

 

LINK TO ORDER FORM


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Concept and Design Win National Award

We would like to congratulate one of our own for their commitment to the Orlando Fire Department.  Personnel dedicating their life and career to this Fire Department should be recognized for their accomplishments when they are of the magnitude and significance that gain national recognition.

Assistant Chief Dawn Sumter was hired back on October 1995 directly from the Public Education positions she held with the Orlando Fire Department.  As a woman, she had to work harder to prove herself to her peers and she has gained the respect of those who have worked under her during her career.

She has risen to the rank of Assistant Chief, by her commitment and dedication to the Orlando Fire Department. See has always been an advocate, for all those around her and has personally involved herself so that she has a vested interest in the outcome.

During her career, she has attained the "Executive Fire Officer Certificate" from the National Fire Academy.  This process is much like a Master Degree.  

The National Fire Academy's (NFA) Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.

This is a certificate that only the best can attain, and in the Orlando Fire Department only Alan McAllister, Robert Sorenson (Ret), Greg Hoggatt (Ret),  JR Saez (Current Assistant Chief) were able to attain while working at the Orlando Fire Department.

At Chief Sumter's graduation at the National Fire Academy she chose to be different and stand out from others and represent the Orlando Fire Department as a leader.  She made a request of the current Fire Chief to redesign the current Class A uniform for females  and was allowed to take on a project that was well overdue for the department.

Chief Sumter directly approached the current uniform vendor and worked with their representative to design a completely new Class A Uniform tailored to women in the Fire Service.  Currently there is no design or fit tailored to women in the Fire Service.

Chief Sumter was focused and determined to create a Class A Uniform that would encompass her drive to showcase the Orlando Fire Department.  Both the Vendor's designer and Chief Sumter agreed on a design that would present women in a professional manner in a male dominant field.

Her leadership and determination took that design to a level in which the Vendor entered the final product at the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers conference in May 2017.  The NAUMD was founded in 1933. This association is a community for the uniform and image apparel industry. It is composed of manufacturers, distributors and associated companies that have a common bond in the future our industry.

Chief Sumter's design was awarded 1st place for "Public Safety Best Dressed Uniform Award"  First Responder Agency - Large and was recognized at their annual conference in Nashville.

This is just another example of a leader of the Orlando Fire Department taking an idea and turning that into nationally recognized award winning final product.

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New IAFF DISPATCH

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Station Goods Available for Sale

We have been working with a number of Stations that have produces their logos and have produced wears for members to purchase and have created a page where all these items have been placed for sale.  Examples of some of the items.

 


These items and more are available for purchase.  Link to T-Shirt Store

 


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Locating Your Representatives in Tallahassee

Follow Link

Find your House of Representative that represents your District by clicking on the House of Representatives Seal to the left. 

Locate the "tab" on the left upper side of the page "Find Your Legislator" and provide the address info requested and it will identify your legislator.  This will take you to their home pages that will provide you information and e-mail links on how to contact your representative.

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Find your State Senator that represents your District by clicking the State Senate Seal to the left.

After you reach these pages all you will have to do is provide your zip code and it will take you to your representative's home page.  This page will list the names and contacts for their administrative staff & assistants as well as their e-mails.

Also remember some of these representative have "facebook" pages for all those who participate in "facebook" search them out and follow them there you can probably leave the same type of letters on that page as well for the rest of his constituents to see.

Make it a point to communicate with your representatives and provide them how you feel about some of the legislation they have introduced or support.  Remember he should be representing you and others in his district, not his personal agenda.


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