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Dunkirk: Whittle down fire halls

March 25, 2013

Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce hit all the high — and low — points earlier this month in his State of the City speech. But there was one part that really caught our attention: the fire halls....

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privatecitizen

Mar-26-13 5:49 PM

I am not belittling the work the fire dept does, nor the people who work there, but to be quite frank why does the city need to have so many paid firefighters? Again, it is a commendable profession, but everytime I drive by the station on Rt. 5, you can see through the wondow all the guys with their feet up watching tv.. I understand theyre there for emergency situations, but c'mon...

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baseball

Mar-26-13 5:44 PM

Phil, they drove out the Volunteers in Dunkirk!

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PhilJulian

Mar-26-13 9:06 AM

Why not provide an incentive for people to become volunteers in the department? A property tax break for active volunteers would be a good start.

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obamaless

Mar-25-13 7:07 PM

hadenough you wake up, there are no new volunteers that why,i was one of those,in the 70's and 80's,got to old keep going alot of young left this area. get your head out of the sand

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hadenough

Mar-25-13 2:53 PM

Wake up obamaless. In the 60' 70's and 80's a good portion of the volunteer force was made up of men who for years gave of their time and service for the good of the city. How were these men rewarded? With less and less duties when they responded. As for not enough volunteers are you saying that out of 25 volunteers not one is qualified to be chief. Tell that to those who volunteer and see how long they stick around.

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hadenough

Mar-25-13 2:48 PM

While it is true that the volunteer force has dwindled the question now arises why? In years gone by the fire chief was selected from the volunteer ranks. Am I not correct on this Mr. Edwards. Then when an opening would come open in the fire department the chief would relinquish his position and join the ranks of the paid fireman. Am I correct so far? When Frey in his infinite wisdom chose a person to become chief that took the incentive away from the volunteer. Make no mistake about it politics killed the volunteer force.

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obamaless

Mar-25-13 2:03 PM

HADENOUGH WHERE DID YOU GET THIS FROM,THERE NOT ENOUGH VOLUNTEER LEFT TO HAVE A CHIEF,ALOT REASON THERE NOT VOLUNTEERS.IT SHOULD SHOW YOU MOST YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE LEFT AREA,DUNKIRK IS NOT ALONE,ITS SHOWING UP ALL OVER COUNTY .IT HARD TO BE A VOL. TIME FOR STATE MANDATED TRAINING ALONE IS UNBELIVEABLE

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MEdwards

Mar-25-13 11:17 AM

That said I agree with the Mayor regarding infrastructure and the conditions of the fire stations. It is a fact that with the exception of fixing major building or system problems that pop up. Nothing has been done to these buildings in 50 or more years.

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MEdwards

Mar-25-13 11:12 AM

If you look closely into the history of the Dunkirk Fire Department you will see the opinion in this article regarding volunteers is misguided and lacks fact. This should be of no surprise to anyone who follows the continuous tantrums and rants that always seem to end up with a blow to public employees. The Dunkirk Fire Department once had 34 professional firefighters, 4 in-service engine companies in 4 stations. During this time over history there were always 40-50 active volunteers and hundreds more on the books. Currently Dunkirk has 24 firefighters and 3 stations. One would just have to do a little research to find that the shortage in volunteers is a state wide problem in both combination and fully volunteer departments. Suggesting that the shortage in Dunkirk has anything to do with the career firefighters is a slap in the face to the good volunteer men and woman that currently serve or have served in the past.

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hadenough

Mar-25-13 9:38 AM

Where are all the volunteer fire fighters? Oh yes they quit during the Frey administration. Now Dunkirk has a total of three fire stations. We need to keep the one in 4th ward open because the others are located on the other side of the railroad tracks. The fire station on Eagle street can be closed down elimination one fire hall and saving money by staffing only two. Now long does it take to get from one side of the city to he other. All depends if your pushing a baby carriage or driving a fire truck. Used to be that the fire chief was picked from the volunteers but Frey changed all that giving Alstrom the top job and the pay to match. Is the administration serious about cutting spending? I think not. As long as the Mayor and his appointees get the big bucks nothing will change except when Dunkirk becomes a rental city full od illegals and no tax money is being brought in then you will see.

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