Semmes Firefighters Past, Present & Future
By now you have heard much discussion regarding the Semmes Firefighters. We have been discussed politically, used as a bargaining chip and most recently used to strike fear in the citizens of Semmes. Let me be clear. We will not abandon Semmes nor will we stop giving our best. We will continue to do what we have been doing for the last several years which is providing fire and medical protection.
With all that has been written and said, who truly knows the opinions or thoughts of the Semmes Firefighters. Let me shed some light on that subject. For the last several years firefighters have been manipulated, threatened and intimidated by both Mr. and Mayor Hale. Doesn’t one find it odd that the turnover rate at Semmes Fire is so high or that we have gone through so many different chiefs? The chorus of former firefighters lashing out on social media should clue you in to our plight. Why have you not heard the current firefighters speak out against the recent defunding of the Volunteer Fire Department? Would it not make sense for them to rise up and make their voice be heard like many other fire departments in our area would do? There is a simple answer for that. We are simply…Tired!
Tired of being devalued, mistreated, micro managed, and threatened with our jobs. We are tired of Tim Hale and, his micro managing and interference of fire department operations. Having to attend board meetings that have no direct value to the department; and give the firefighters themselves NO representation. What kind of board has no election process or term limits? The board only appoints new members, none of which currently know anything about firefighting or what it takes to do this job. Tired of the behind closed door meetings that occur between Tim Hale and Tommy Maker discussing our operations and how they should vote. This is what happens right before a chief is given the boot. Believe me there is no executive session (These are the true pioneers of dodging the open meeting act.) We are tired of having a mayor who calls us lazy behind closed doors and then says the opposite in public. We are tired of being threatened with our job because department information that the mayor should not have any way is leaked to the public. This is the true definition of Tyranny and Oppression. The Hale kingdom has shrunk since the election and they are holding on to the fire department as their last stronghold.
What do we want? We want what is best for Semmes. What is best for Semmes you ask? Having firefighters wearing adequate protective gear that’s not is poor shape. We want fire trucks that don’t break down and are dangerous to drive. We want more firefighters on a scene to help you during your emergency or fire. We simply want to give you our best! We want a city fire department!!!! We are extremely excited to work with the new mayor and council. The vision for Semmes is bright and full of new opportunities.
Citizens of Semmes thank you for your trust, loyalty and patience. We are here to serve you and will continue no matter what. Our loyalties lie firmly with you and the City of Semmes.
Firefighter Silence Dogood