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What's New at IAFF 104
Current Staffing Level. Is Eng 4 and 3 Out of Service?
August 18.. ONLY 11 FIRE FIGHTERS......ENGINE 3 and 4 OUT OF SERVICE Our laid off Fire Fighters have returned but there is no plans to replace the seven(7) who retired since November 2012 and the 19 who retired from 2004 to 2011. Read More...
Proper Staffing and Station/Apparatus Recommendations
According to the City of Wilkes-Barre's Study on Fire Protection there should be: Four Engine Companies with three Fire Fighters, One Ladder Company with two Fire Fighters, the Assistant Chief, and two Fire Fighter/EMT driving the Ambulances on duty 24/7.  17 total. Read More...
Interfaith Apartments, 3 alarm, June 3, 2013
Blaze in W-B complex displaces 14 tenants By Elizabeth Skrapits (Staff Writer) Published: June 4, 2013 Wilkes-Barre firefighters respond to a fire at a building unit in the Interfaith Heights complex on Coal Street on Monday. Read More...
29 N. Sherman St. Fire 3/27/2013
W-B fire crews battle residential blaze March 27. 2013 11:08PM STEVE MOCARSKY WILKES-BARRE ” City firefighters battled a blaze that broke out at a residence at Amber Lane and North Sherman Street Wednesday night. A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said the fire was reported at 10:09 p.m. The two-story home at 29 N. Sherman St. Read More...
Park Ave Fire Pics and Video
Pictures and video are in the Photo Gallery and the Videos section to the left. Read More...
Fire damages W-B Houses on Jan. 26, 2013 and Feb. 6, 2013
Two structure fires that were reported in our local paper- The Times Leader- recently. Local 104 would like to point out that there are fires and incidents that do not make the papers either due to the time of day and/or quick work of the Fire Fighters that prevented them from becoming news worthy. Read More...
Staffing History

NFPA 1710 says that 16 Fire Fighters need to be on the scene within 8 minutes.

When W-B FD only has 11 on duty that requirement cannot be met.

Jan. 2003 -  17 Fire Fighters on duty at a minimum

Spring 2003 - reduced to 16.

Summer 2004 - reduced to 14.

Spring of 2010 - reduced again to only 12.

Fall of 2012 - reduced again to only 11.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/#41839051

List of High Demand for Services and High Rises.

There is a list of High Demand for Services in the "Articles" tab that list the High Rises in the City.

The Government considers High Rises to be a building with at least 7-8 floors. Fire Fighters consider it to be any building that we cannot reach you by a ground ladder or aerial ladder. If you are trapped and we cannot get to you by the outside then we have to use the stairwell in the building.

The Engines only carry a 14 Ft. Roof ladder and a 24 Ft. Extension Ladder.

The Ladder Truck has a 35 Ft. Extension Ground ladder that requires 4-5 Fire Fighters to place and raise it. Note: That requires the combined manpower of the Ladder Company and an Engine Company.

The Ladder Truck's Aerial reaches a height of 100 ft but the operational working height depends on how close you can position the Ladder Truck to the building.

Safe Staffing on the Fire Ground
In Wilkes-Barre, "17" has become our battle cry to make our case to the Politicians and the Public that the reduction of "on duty" staffing is unsafe to the Public and also the Fire Fighters. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has developed guidelines regarding Apparatus and Fire Ground Staffing. Read More...
Dec. 1 TL Article on Fire Fighter Lay Offs.
Shifts to staff fewer workers Fire chief says public safety should not suffer due to city furloughs. MATT HUGHES   WILKES-BARRE – Starting today, the number of firefighters assigned to each shift in Wilkes-Barre will drop by about four, but public safety should not suffer, the city’s fire chief said. Read More...
Ed Lewis's Column
I heard the echoes of my wife’s voice when a multi-alarm fire erupted at the vacant Murray Complex last Sunday. She warned me years ago about leaving our house with our three young kids to chase a story. Not just any story, but a story that was breaking near our home involving a police pursuit with a garbage truck with shots fired. Read More...
Over paid Fire Fighters?
Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Read More...
We risk our lifes to save yours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO-4O1Ccxtw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

South Franklin Street Fire

Four alarm Fire on S. Franklin Street.
The house to the right sustained moderate fire damage and is being renovated.

Welles Street Fire

This multi alarm fire occurred in the Heights while the on duty Fire Fighters were working at a multi alarm fire on Carey Avenue.  This fire came in as a kitchen fire which spread to the first floor to the entire apartment then to the right half of the double block and also to the adjacent double block to the right in this picture.  Both houses were torn down the next day.  The adjacent house to the left had minor fire damage but was saved. 

 
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Current Staffing Level. Is Eng 4 and 3 Out of Service?

August 18.. ONLY 11 FIRE FIGHTERS......ENGINE 3 and 4 OUT OF SERVICE Our laid off Fire Fighters have returned but there is no plans to replace the seven(7) who retired since November 2012 and the 19 who retired from 2004 to 2011.
Read More...

Proper Staffing and Station/Apparatus Recommendations

According to the City of Wilkes-Barre's Study on Fire Protection there should be: Four Engine Companies with three Fire Fighters, One Ladder Company with two Fire Fighters, the Assistant Chief, and two Fire Fighter/EMT driving the Ambulances on duty 24/7.  17 total.
Read More...

Interfaith Apartments, 3 alarm, June 3, 2013

Blaze in W-B complex displaces 14 tenants By Elizabeth Skrapits (Staff Writer) Published: June 4, 2013 Wilkes-Barre firefighters respond to a fire at a building unit in the Interfaith Heights complex on Coal Street on Monday.
Read More...

29 N. Sherman St. Fire 3/27/2013

W-B fire crews battle residential blaze March 27. 2013 11:08PM STEVE MOCARSKY WILKES-BARRE ” City firefighters battled a blaze that broke out at a residence at Amber Lane and North Sherman Street Wednesday night. A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said the fire was reported at 10:09 p.m. The two-story home at 29 N. Sherman St.
Read More...

Park Ave Fire Pics and Video

Pictures and video are in the Photo Gallery and the Videos section to the left.
Read More...

Fire damages W-B Houses on Jan. 26, 2013 and Feb. 6, 2013

Two structure fires that were reported in our local paper- The Times Leader- recently. Local 104 would like to point out that there are fires and incidents that do not make the papers either due to the time of day and/or quick work of the Fire Fighters that prevented them from becoming news worthy.
Read More...

Staffing History

NFPA 1710 says that 16 Fire Fighters need to be on the scene within 8 minutes. When W-B FD only has 12 on duty that requirement cannot be met. Jan. 2003 -  17 Fire Fighters on duty at a minimum Spring 2003 - reduced to 16. Summer 2004 - reduced to 14. Spring of 2010 - reduced to only 12. Autumn of 2012 - reduced again to only 11.

List of High Demand for Services and High Rises.

There is a list of High Demand for Services in the "Articles" tab that list the High Rises in the City. The Government considers High Rises to be a building with 7-8 floors. Fire Fighters consider it to be any building that we cannot reach you by a ground ladder or aerial ladder. If you are trapped and we cannot get to you by the outside then we have to use the stairwell in the building.

Safe Staffing on the Fire Ground

In Wilkes-Barre, "17" has become our battle cry to make our case to the Politicians and the Public that the reduction of "on duty" staffing is unsafe to the Public and also the Fire Fighters. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has developed guidelines regarding Apparatus and Fire Ground Staffing.
Read More...

Dec. 1 TL Article on Fire Fighter Lay Offs.

Shifts to staff fewer workers Fire chief says public safety should not suffer due to city furloughs. MATT HUGHES   WILKES-BARRE – Starting today, the number of firefighters assigned to each shift in Wilkes-Barre will drop by about four, but public safety should not suffer, the city’s fire chief said.
Read More...

Ed Lewis's Column

I heard the echoes of my wife’s voice when a multi-alarm fire erupted at the vacant Murray Complex last Sunday. She warned me years ago about leaving our house with our three young kids to chase a story. Not just any story, but a story that was breaking near our home involving a police pursuit with a garbage truck with shots fired.
Read More...

Over paid Fire Fighters?

Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words.
Read More...

We risk our lifes to save yours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch.

South Franklin Street Fire

Four alarm Fire on S. Franklin Street. The house to the right sustained moderate fire damage and is being renovated.

Welles Street Fire

This multi alarm fire occurred in the Heights while the on duty Fire Fighters were working at a multi alarm fire on Carey Avenue.  This fire came in as a kitchen fire which spread to the first floor to the entire apartment then to the right half of the double block and also to the adjacent double block to the right in this picture.  Both houses were torn down the next day.



Protect PA Pensions
Brothers and Sisters: The editorial below was taken from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Please share as you see fit. Protect Pennsylvania pensions April 18, 2013 12:17 am By Diane Oakley Pennsylvania taxpayers want reliable public services delivered at a reasonable cost.
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High Rise Fire Protection Study
http://www.fireandemsdata.com/ High-rise building fires are a matter of life and death. And as local governments and municipalities struggle with public safety budgets, a new study led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that communities considering cutting fire fighter crew sizes need to take a second look.
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House pension bill targets......
House pension bill targets future police, firefighter hires By Robert Swift (Harrisburg Bureau Chief) Published: April 9, 2013 HARRISBURG - A pending House bill to curb municipal pension benefits for future paid police and firefighters was touted by the sponsor Monday as a way to help financially distressed cities. Rep.
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The writer is president of Baltimore Fire Officers, Local 964.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed additional cuts to the Baltimore City Fire Department in her proposed budget ("'Tough choices' in city budget plan," March 21).
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Detroit----Wilkes-Barre ----same boat
Wonder what Detroit would think of going down to only 11 Fire Fighters on duty? http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/video.
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Citizens Voice Article on our returning Fire Fighters
W-B firefighters happy to return to work By Bill Wellock (Staff Writer) Published: February 9, 2013 Kristen Mullen / The Citizens' Voice City administration laid off 11 firefighter/EMTs in December, citing a budget deficit.
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Rob Burnside's Insight and Tom Murphy One of 11..
Articles can be read in the "Articles" tab to the left. Rob wrote an article to the Times Leader explaining the importance of proper staffing in his own words. Tom was interviewed by the Times Leader on the impact of being laid off from his fire fighting job.
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Elected Officials Contact Information

District A Council Person:

George Brown

Cell Phone:  991-1156

E-Mail:  gbrown@wilkes-barre.pa.us  or georgebrown3@yahoo.com

2009 I.A.F.F. Media Awards
SECOND PLACE: "W-B firefighter staffing questioned” "The less are doing more, but it may not be enough," said Tom Makar, president of Local 104, commenting on reduced staffing levels . Times Leader Written by: Bill O'Boyle Submitted by: Wilkes-Barre, PA Local 104 READ THE ARTICLE: http://www.firerescue1.com/firefighter-safety/articles/434627-Firefighter-staffing-decrease-compromises-fire-protection-in-Pa/
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Letter to the Mayor
Dear Mayor & City Manager, Odds are at this point, as hard as we have tried, you still don't seem to understand the need for our department, YOUR fire department, to be well prepared and fully able to respond quickly when our citizens call 9-1-1 for a fire. Mr. Mayor, this has nothing to do with how many fires we have----it has everything to do with every fire we have.
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Shift manning to decrease to 12 !
The city has plans to cut the number of firefighters staffed due to a lack of overtime funds.
Read More...
Some people have short memories.

What has Unions ever done for us?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=184NTV2CE_c

New Local 104 Brothers

Posted: September 24 Wilkes-Barre adds six new firefighters City awaiting decision of arbitration board to resolve contract impasse.   The ceremony made one city firefighter especially proud.
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