Newport firefighters suing City of Ne...

Newport firefighters suing City of Newport for higher pay: they say...

There are 102 comments on the Newport Plain Talk story from Aug 17, 2010, titled Newport firefighters suing City of Newport for higher pay: they say.... In it, Newport Plain Talk reports that:

A total of 26 firefighters in the City of Newport Fire Department are suing the City of Newport for higher pay they claim is due them as a result of decisions reached by the Civil Service Board in September 2007.

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Patricia Ramsey

Tarrytown, NY

#1 Aug 18, 2010
I was concerned when I read the salary schedule of the Newport Fire Department.
I value firefighters. Having had a fire in my home I appreciate them even more than most. They risked their lives to save my home and children.
I have also served as the Fire Commissioner of Sleepy Hollow, New York. So I understand fire departments.
I also have a son-in-law who was forced to retire from the Fire Department of New York City on a 9/11 disability. I am all too aware of the risks these brave men and women take to keep us safe.
The Newport Fire Department is under paid.
hello

Dandridge, TN

#2 Aug 18, 2010
why they wait so long to file? You recon they want a lil back pay plus interest?
fire dog

Knoxville, TN

#3 Aug 18, 2010
the fireman new what the pay was when they were hired if they don't like the pay replace them they average 50 calls per year so they get paid will good for the work they do the county should get a raise for the work they do
silly

Gainesville, GA

#4 Aug 18, 2010
thats a joke any fire dept in this county does more calls then the city why should we pay all u men to sit on ure butts and go out and eat 3 times a day. give anybody more money. and there are no woman firefighters in this county there all in the good ole boys club and kick the females out.
Steve

United States

#5 Aug 18, 2010
Fireman are heros they deserve more pay even when everyone else gets less pay. Or lay off slips.
grayce

Waterloo, Canada

#6 Aug 18, 2010
silly wrote:
thats a joke any fire dept in this county does more calls then the city why should we pay all u men to sit on ure butts and go out and eat 3 times a day. give anybody more money. and there are no woman firefighters in this county there all in the good ole boys club and kick the females out.


What's the matter?? Are you worried you won't get as much well fare or food stamps for your dumb ass? They deserve way more money! They do various amounts for the city of newport. They help many charities in the community. They also give YOUR children christmas presents! Toys for tots!! So lay off the fire dept!!!
firefighter wife

Morristown, TN

#7 Aug 18, 2010
@ hello, fire dog, and silly...How much would you think a firefighter should be paid if they ran into your burning house and saved you and your family? The filing took so long because a lot of research had to be done by the lawyers; it was not the firefighters waiting. And my favorite...silly's comment. Firefighters DO eat 3x a day, and pay for it out of their own individual pockets. So, actual they contribute to Newport's revenue. Are you saying they deserve to eat less than the recommended daily allowance of food? As a matter of fact, most normal humans have to eat 3x a day. So I guess that our firefighters are suppossed to limit the calorie intake too...just to make you feel better. Also, there hasn't been a woman yet that could pass both the physical and written portion of the civil service test. I know all the firefighters would take a cut in pay if they didn't have to listen to all the illiterate, know-it-all hillbillies like yourself that say firefighters aren't worth what they are paid. My man will run in to save some sorry a$$ like you, while risking his own life and family. Oh, and are they sitting on their butts when they go to schools to educate kids about fire safety and do routine tests and maintanance on all the fire hydrants in town? Or how about their year-long fundraising activities for MDA and Toys for Tots? Ooooo, what about when they walk door to door to every house in Newport giving smoke detectors, two of which saved some families last year? You are all morons and obviously envious of the morals and characteristics of firefighters, which none of you will ever possibly be.
grayce

Waterloo, Canada

#8 Aug 18, 2010
firefighter wife wrote:
@ hello, fire dog, and silly...How much would you think a firefighter should be paid if they ran into your burning house and saved you and your family? The filing took so long because a lot of research had to be done by the lawyers; it was not the firefighters waiting. And my favorite...silly's comment. Firefighters DO eat 3x a day, and pay for it out of their own individual pockets. So, actual they contribute to Newport's revenue. Are you saying they deserve to eat less than the recommended daily allowance of food? As a matter of fact, most normal humans have to eat 3x a day. So I guess that our firefighters are suppossed to limit the calorie intake too...just to make you feel better. Also, there hasn't been a woman yet that could pass both the physical and written portion of the civil service test. I know all the firefighters would take a cut in pay if they didn't have to listen to all the illiterate, know-it-all hillbillies like yourself that say firefighters aren't worth what they are paid. My man will run in to save some sorry a$$ like you, while risking his own life and family. Oh, and are they sitting on their butts when they go to schools to educate kids about fire safety and do routine tests and maintanance on all the fire hydrants in town? Or how about their year-long fundraising activities for MDA and Toys for Tots? Ooooo, what about when they walk door to door to every house in Newport giving smoke detectors, two of which saved some families last year? You are all morons and obviously envious of the morals and characteristics of firefighters, which none of you will ever possibly be.
I agree!!
NFD Supporter

Talbott, TN

#9 Aug 18, 2010
I just have one question: Have any of you people complaining about the pay raise EVER had to listen to the screams of a family trapped in a burning house that you can't save?

I didn't think so.

The firefighters of Newport, the firefighters of every city and county, deserve our best treatment and as much support as we can give them, just as any civil serviceperson. You may not know this, as I'm assuming you either aren't involved with your community or aren't intelligent enough to be aware of your surroundings, but the NFD do much more than just sit around and eat the recommended number of meals that they pay for themselves. They hold fundraisers supporting Muscular Dystrophy (look it up) as well as host Toys for Tots annually. I don't believe you've ever volunteered any of your time to either of those causes or any other, for that matter. Not to mention, they kind of sort of SAVE YOUR LIVES.

I hope you remember the pay raise as your house burns. How much will you appreciate them then?

P.S. Fire Dog, I'd love to see your statistical resources. Mine just happens to be spending the night away from his family at the fire department. So you can sleep safely.
lilchickadee

United States

#10 Aug 19, 2010
firefighter wife wrote:
@ hello, fire dog, and silly...How much would you think a firefighter should be paid if they ran into your burning house and saved you and your family? The filing took so long because a lot of research had to be done by the lawyers; it was not the firefighters waiting. And my favorite...silly's comment. Firefighters DO eat 3x a day, and pay for it out of their own individual pockets. So, actual they contribute to Newport's revenue. Are you saying they deserve to eat less than the recommended daily allowance of food? As a matter of fact, most normal humans have to eat 3x a day. So I guess that our firefighters are suppossed to limit the calorie intake too...just to make you feel better. Also, there hasn't been a woman yet that could pass both the physical and written portion of the civil service test. I know all the firefighters would take a cut in pay if they didn't have to listen to all the illiterate, know-it-all hillbillies like yourself that say firefighters aren't worth what they are paid. My man will run in to save some sorry a$$ like you, while risking his own life and family. Oh, and are they sitting on their butts when they go to schools to educate kids about fire safety and do routine tests and maintanance on all the fire hydrants in town? Or how about their year-long fundraising activities for MDA and Toys for Tots? Ooooo, what about when they walk door to door to every house in Newport giving smoke detectors, two of which saved some families last year? You are all morons and obviously envious of the morals and characteristics of firefighters, which none of you will ever possibly be.
way to go firefighter wife! tell it like it is. give praise where praise is due.
Hello

Monterey, TN

#11 Aug 19, 2010
fire dog wrote:
the fireman new what the pay was when they were hired if they don't like the pay replace them they average 50 calls per year so they get paid will good for the work they do the county should get a raise for the work they do
Looks like you can't spell..."the firemen new what the pay...". Honey, "new" is spelled knew in this case. Did you take the Civil Service Test and couldn't pass it? Jealousy will eat you alive!
Hello

Monterey, TN

#12 Aug 19, 2010
silly wrote:
thats a joke any fire dept in this county does more calls then the city why should we pay all u men to sit on ure butts and go out and eat 3 times a day. give anybody more money. and there are no woman firefighters in this county there all in the good ole boys club and kick the females out.
If you are a woman, Silly, and think that you can pass the test, by all means go for it! You would be first on the hire list, seriously. Good ole boys club? Well if you take the literal meaning it is the good ole boy's club because there is not one firefighter at NFD that isn't an outstanding member of the community. Also, do you think that these men don't deserve to eat? Heck, last time I checked EVERYONE eats three meals a day. It's embarrassing to live in the same town as idiots like yourself.
Support the NFD

Morristown, TN

#13 Aug 19, 2010
First of all, most of the firefighter have a side job, because they do not make enough to support a family. They give more of their time then most other service people in this county, they stay on their shifts 24 hours at a time. Yes, they may sleep and eat, but it is not with their families, it is with other co-workers. I also do not think that the firehall has been remodeled since late 70's when Dr. Valentine paid for it. These men give of their time, they work hard. They spend more time away from their families then most service workers in this county. How many of you want to wait on them to come from home, get their gear and then come to your fire? It is nice to know they are there and ready to come when needed. They protect this city just as the police dept. and with less thanks and praise, and they are not being arrested and investigated. So thank you NFD, for many years of service, I know they have been rough at times, but you and the retired firefighters deserve a thank you.
sunny side

White Pine, TN

#14 Aug 19, 2010
Never heard of some one suing for a pay raise i thought you always earned & ask for it!
Cold hard fact

Lexington, KY

#15 Aug 20, 2010
Every place I have ever worked you earn and or ask for a raise, but to tell the truth I'll take there jobs and they can have mine, let them try to feed a family on 500 a week before taxes and that's working 12 hours a day not setting on my ass but working, as far as them working hard yes they do when they are working a fire (not a brush fire)but a real fire. but then ok give them a raise but they only get paid when they are on a call the rest of the time no pay.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#16 Aug 20, 2010
NFD Supporter wrote:
I just have one question: Have any of you people complaining about the pay raise EVER had to listen to the screams of a family trapped in a burning house that you can't save?
I didn't think so.
The firefighters of Newport, the firefighters of every city and county, deserve our best treatment and as much support as we can give them, just as any civil serviceperson. You may not know this, as I'm assuming you either aren't involved with your community or aren't intelligent enough to be aware of your surroundings, but the NFD do much more than just sit around and eat the recommended number of meals that they pay for themselves. They hold fundraisers supporting Muscular Dystrophy (look it up) as well as host Toys for Tots annually. I don't believe you've ever volunteered any of your time to either of those causes or any other, for that matter. Not to mention, they kind of sort of SAVE YOUR LIVES.
I hope you remember the pay raise as your house burns. How much will you appreciate them then?
P.S. Fire Dog, I'd love to see your statistical resources. Mine just happens to be spending the night away from his family at the fire department. So you can sleep safely.
I seriously love this comment. If this was facebook I would "like" it. I think you people saying firefighters don't deserve more money are horrible! They, as well as teachers, are seriously underpaid! I can not personally fathom how you jerks think they are asking too much. How about you try & step in their shoes for a minute? Are you out risking your life for strangers? No. Are you a firefighter's wife, mother, child, etc. that worries about their family member everytime they go to work? No. Okay then. Shut up.
I love NFD

Monterey, TN

#17 Aug 20, 2010
Cold hard fact wrote:
Every place I have ever worked you earn and or ask for a raise, but to tell the truth I'll take there jobs and they can have mine, let them try to feed a family on 500 a week before taxes and that's working 12 hours a day not setting on my ass but working, as far as them working hard yes they do when they are working a fire (not a brush fire)but a real fire. but then ok give them a raise but they only get paid when they are on a call the rest of the time no pay.
People like yourself sicken me! Obviously you have no idea what it is like to sit and worry when your spouse is at work, possibly protecting people like YOU! The NFD puts their lives on the line each and every time they run a call. Also, I know for a fact how much firefighters get paid TRUST ME! If you are making 500 bucks a week before taxes, kudos to you! They make less money than that; you have simply rambled on about something you are completely clueless about! Do everyone a favor and keep your comments to yourself...that way if your house was to ever catch fire, and they run into the house to save your ignorant a$$ you won't have to eat your words.
what

United States

#18 Aug 20, 2010
I love NFD wrote:
<quoted text>
People like yourself sicken me! Obviously you have no idea what it is like to sit and worry when your spouse is at work, possibly protecting people like YOU! The NFD puts their lives on the line each and every time they run a call. Also, I know for a fact how much firefighters get paid TRUST ME! If you are making 500 bucks a week before taxes, kudos to you! They make less money than that; you have simply rambled on about something you are completely clueless about! Do everyone a favor and keep your comments to yourself...that way if your house was to ever catch fire, and they run into the house to save your ignorant a$$ you won't have to eat your words.
worry?lives on the line? BAHAHAHAHA ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME? you have watched to many movies,this isn't new york city this is newport,tn. when was the last time you saw this bunch coming out of a burning building? NFD they haven't lost a foundation yet.
redneck 77

Dandridge, TN

#19 Aug 20, 2010
Ha! Ha! the question you should be asking is,Why aren't their any firemen of color. I'll tell you because they don't want any people of color in there.I's a shame that little hick town like Newport,Tenn. is still like this.So could someone please try to fix it.
its the truth

United States

#20 Aug 20, 2010
redneck 77 wrote:
Ha! Ha! the question you should be asking is,Why aren't their any firemen of color. I'll tell you because they don't want any people of color in there.I's a shame that little hick town like Newport,Tenn. is still like this.So could someone please try to fix it.
why should i be asking? the answer is,1-most don't want a job, 2-you have to pass a written test.simple.

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