North Charleston fire chief out

North Charleston fire chief out

There are 11 comments on the Post and Courier story from Sep 27, 2006, titled North Charleston fire chief out. In it, Post and Courier reports that:

Larry Waddle served his last day as fire chief of the North Charleston Fire Department on Tuesday, three months after firefighters accused him of racism and threatened to stage a walkout.

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Layne Cantrell

Myrtle Beach, SC

#1 Oct 3, 2006
Hmmm. The Police Chief supervises the Fire Department? Who looks after the Police Department? Cultural Arts? Don't laugh, it may promote the "softer side" of law enforcement. From "an outsider looking-in" standpoint, the Police Chief having anything to do with the operation of the Fire Service seems kind of suspect. Sounds like City of North Charleston may not be as up-to-times as they try to portray. Mr. Waddle, leaving North Charleston is probably the best.
Tom Sizeman

Hilton Head Island, SC

#2 Jan 10, 2007
You have absolutely know idea what you are talking about. If you are not a part of the situation and know what ACTUALLY is happening then the best thing is to keep your mouth closed.

Chief Waddle was not the right man for the job. He knows it. He stated it numerous times. He left... his choice.

He is not a racist! That is a fact. Chief Waddle is a nice guy... just not chief quality material... anywhere.


#3 Jun 19, 2007
you don't know what YOUR talking about, I use to belong to north charleston fire dept, I was sexually harassed, talked down to and told by a chief that women didn't belong in his fire dept...I'll remember that when I go to save your ass, I'll leave you there. this dept is full of male pigs, racists, AND they allow young punks to join the dept with NO formal firefighting training, we also at the time made only 8.00 an hour, boy that's alot to risk your life huh?
Tom Sizeman

Jackson, MS

#4 Jul 16, 2007
Life sucks huh! Maybe you need to grow a pair so you can hack it. I am so tired of hearing "I was sexually harrassed" or "My ass hurts". Get over yourself!
Doug from the Creek

Goose Creek, SC

#5 Jul 16, 2007
Sounds like some one is pretty bitter and maybe needs to move on to a new job or location.

Sorry shouldnt have to do that, and it probably would seem the same there.

actually maybe I shouldnt say anything as i don't know what went on there, but I have heard for so many years people complaining because they were racist or because they were a woman. Some cases it was true.

I remember a seaman accusing me of being a racist, when we had duty and he worked for me. We had to do a firewatch. I went down there at 6 a.m. and I stood it and went to wake him up at 9 a.m. to stand it. I asked him nicely and he stated he wasnt going to do it. Basically at that point I told him, but he then acused me of being racist. This is from a guy I heard come in at night and would be screaming that darn honkey this and that darn honkey that.

But it all falls both ways. That is why racism will never end because in to many cases it's seen as only one way.
Slack Governments

Lenoir City, TN

#6 Jul 17, 2007
North Charleston is riddled with internat problems and waste. Their construction inspection division field personel don't really enforce to much in the way of electrical codes. Their time doing inspections is a joke. In North Carolina, building inspectors do what they are paid to do. In North Charleston, contractors are reaping the rewards of slack inspectors. Fact!
Slack Governments

Lenoir City, TN

#7 Jul 17, 2007
Remember, YOUR taxes pay for slack inspectors.
Tom Sizeman

Pittsboro, NC

#8 Jul 18, 2007
You want some cheese with that whine?!

“Hey whats up?”

Since: Jun 07


#9 Jul 18, 2007
My dads in the north charleston fire deperment
Shellie Ballou

Chesapeake, OH

#10 Apr 15, 2009
I worked for NCFD back in 2001 to 2003 at stations 1 AND 3 and I must say I never had a problem with ANY kind of racism sexism or anything else for that matter...sure there were guys AND girls that talked alot of shit...but it was just a bunch of people bullshitting thats all. I had alot of fun there and have many memories some good and bad and to be honest...not siding with Tom Sizeman but many of the women that worked with at the time were frankly bitches that were looking for a way to get one up on their captains I sure hope it isn't still the same now..Anytime you work in a predominately male workforce you have to be willing to dish it out and not get walked over...but I never EVER heard of a male firefighter from NCFD talk of leaving a female firefighter behind in a fire..That is just bullshit...have you not noticed the last ten plus yrs the dept has never had a fatality...that is because NCFD always has stuck together. I worked with Bulanow the new chief..very nice guy..things should turn around soon I would hope. I miss the dept wish I could go back but happy being a stay at home mom now and just telling the kids all my crazy stories.
Mel Schleing

Salt Lake City, UT

#11 Jan 18, 2012
Wow a lot of complainers on here...
I happen to know mr. Waddle personally, and he is very nice, and a great Fire chief.

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