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First change: a harder edge MOSTLY CLOUDY FORECAST B10

Can someone explain to me why this article came up under 'Local News' on mcall.com? Poor placement.  (Nov 7, 2008 | post #42)

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2 injured in Bethlehem crash involving fire truck

I think that you have an issue reading things. I just clicked your link and it was written by a paid firefighter and member of the IAFF.  (Nov 7, 2008 | post #140)

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2 injured in Bethlehem crash involving fire truck

I have come to understand that you and I will never see eye to eye. Some day down the line, you WILL need something from a volunteer. We will give to you without hesitation. The issue isn't that we aren't good enough because of a background/psych check or that it is a perception that we start a lot of arson fires. The issue isn't that areas serviced by volunteers are in more danger and are not covered by the best (because they are)... People in fires in volunteer serviced areas are not being killed in house fires due to response times. You spill out your hate, but do not support it with facts. Until you do show me hard cold facts of your statements for Lehigh and Northampton counties, I will not listen to your half truthes and self supporting statements. I don't care who you claim you are, what you claim to have done in your life. As for me, this is the hard truth... I support the volunteer fire company where I live and trust them with my life and property should something happen. I also support the men and women of the volunteer station where I am a member and proudly say that I have gone into some hairy situations with them and will continue to do so because I know that in front of me, or behind me is a confidently trained firefighter. I am done here...  (Nov 7, 2008 | post #139)

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2 injured in Bethlehem crash involving fire truck

I stand corrected. Yes the IAFF does have it in their bylaws, but DOES allow it to be enforced at the local level which isn't done in our area, except for the City of Bethlehem. Each Local is given support by the IAFF if the local decides to enforce this part of the IAFF constitution. Considering the volunteers outnumber paid firefighters in the US, as rampant as you believe arson is, I am surprised that there are any building standing today. Arson is done by a small percentage of volunteers. When you put all of the statistics together, yes a larger percentage of arson may be started by a volunteer versus a paid firefighter, but when you look at the fact that volunteers outnumber paid by 3 or 4 to 1, the percentages equal out. So, when you say it is non existent in the pro service, you are very incorrect. Some of the very high level investigations and arrests for arson involved paid firefighters. You need to look over the Homeland Security report on firefighter arson sometime, and stop reading the IAFF propaganda. I would never imply that this is an issue, but for you to have rose colored glasses on and state that it doesn't happen because of psych exams, background checks, is flawed thinking. Did you know that Whitehall Township and Bethlehem Township's response times are within seconds of either city of Allentown or Bethlehem? Not that you care or anything considering your stance. And you are way off base with your Statement about Allentown trying to do away with their mutual aid agreements. They are in the process of having the 2009 ones signed now. How do you justify saying calling in Whitehall, Salisbury or Upper Macungie has been a disaster during any of their recent calls? Don't blame us because your city is trying to cut back and causing the issues the paid guys encounter. It is tough to fight a fire with only 2 firefighters on a truck... My statement referred to yours about your statement on the same level of training. See your post #129. You may have passed a psych test to get your job, but the hate you profess toward us is something you may want to get checked. And you are correct, my pager goes off in Wal-Mart, and I go. It also goes off at Baseball games, Soccer games, dinner, while I am trying to sleep, while I am in church, at funerals, weddings, dinner partys, at work and on my days off. I still go because that is what I signed up for-not because I get a paycheck to do so. Yes, I get to ride on a firetruck. I also do so with the full confidence that my crew is trained and ready to face any danger, and will be brought home alive.  (Nov 5, 2008 | post #133)

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Paterno: Enough already about the BCS

FYI - ESPN and the AP pole both show PSU as number 2. Only the BCS shows them at 3. No worries... PSU will be there undefeated in the end. This is their year.  (Nov 4, 2008 | post #12)

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2 injured in Bethlehem crash involving fire truck

The IAFF isnt the ruling body that prohibits paid personnel from volunteering. Several Allentown, Easton and LVIA professional firefighters run with volunteer companies. Many of them hold fire line offices. As for the lack of training you indicate, most of the classes in Bucks and Lehigh county are taught by city firefighters. So, what you are saying is that they do not teach to the level they are capable. Wow, that is an interesting statement. There is currently an essentials class being run in Lehigh County. Two instructors are allentown firefighters. I would imagine if I ran your statement across with them that the level of training they are providing is lacking, they would have an issue with it. As for spending money on background checks, you claim to know it all, but you are so far off line it is pathetic. Most stations do PSP background checks. Any competent fire department, paid or volunteer, knows the issues with arson within its ranks. The 'Sullivan' person you mentioned was not welcomed back with 'open arms' and is not a volunteer firefighter any longer. I know for a fact that my station, as well as 100% of the stations in Lehigh county will not tolerate it. Keep preaching your hate toward us. We will still be here. Remember, the first firefighters were ALL volunteers.  (Nov 4, 2008 | post #131)

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2 injured in Bethlehem crash involving fire truck

Please correct your statement, Arson and Firefighting go hand in hand. Please remember, the last person arrested in both Lehigh or Northampton county for Arson was a paid 'professional' firefighter from Bethlehem. Keep in mind to earn those 'Certificates', we go through the same book and physical training as any paid firefighter. While we don't live it and sleep in our stations, we still go out and do the same job, with the same understanding and training of fire science, extrication, haz-mat, water flows, etc. Many of today's paid firefighters were volunteers at one point. A large percentage of the paid firefighters in Easton, Allentown and LIVA are volunteers with stations in the valley. Bethlehem's union does not permit that against the National IAFF wishes. As you have been told on many occasions, we will put up a volunteer against any paid firefighter to a paid firefighters knowledge and training any day. You forgot one point, that after a paid firefighter has been in the service for 3 years, they are no longer required to train. Guess they know it all by then.  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #128)

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Bethlehem Driver Dies Of Injuries From Firetruck Crash

Actually, it isn't "All you need to know". As the section of the book you placed the link to states, you have to comply with all traffic laws including sections pertaining to emergency vehicles and any requirements of the authority having juristiction. What that means is that federal, state and local laws override NFPA. In the state of PA, emergency vehicles are allowed to travel against traffic while lights and siren are activated to respond to a call. The driver must maintain complete control of his vehicle and is responsible for his/her actions. While this caused a fatality, the fire apparatus driver was within state and local law to do so. So, to make the point, you also need to be fully aware of federal, state and local traffic laws, not just NFPA guidelines (they are guidelines, not rules).  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #11)

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2 injured in Bethlehem crash involving fire truck

Why do people like you always have to turn things into a paid versus volunteer issue? You show me one paid firefighter in the valley, and I can show you a volunteer with just as much training, experience and dedication to the communities in the Lehigh Valley.  (Oct 24, 2008 | post #26)

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Suggs on bounty for 2 Steelers: 'I misspoke, and I'm sorr...

The NFL has a double standard. It will fine Hines Ward for what they believe is an illegal hit, but will then put it on a video about the 'cool hits' you can see in an NFL game. Football is a violent sport. They get paid top dollar to perform like they do and they don't have a gun held to their head. I can understand stopping chop blocks, or other things that focus on the lower body, but the hits most people are fined for are within the limits of the sport. Helmet to helmet is another thing, but most hits are good hits. Let them play or abolish the league and have them play soccer or something.  (Oct 24, 2008 | post #1)

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Hazleton school board member wants 4-day week

This is just Ducking Fumb. sssshhhh, please... You are misreading the statement. Those of us that have to put our children in day care do not use the school district as a day care. The problem is that by sending our children 1 less day a week means that we have to find an alternate arrangement that will cost more than just one parent more of their hard earned money. When you add it up, it is going to cost the parents one way or another - either they dish out more money for school taxes to pay for the fuel, or they will dish it out in additional day care expenses. It is a dumb idea to have a 4 day school week.  (Aug 15, 2008 | post #18)

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Dorney sells Laser coaster

Our family only goes there one time a year, only because the March of Dimes gives us free tickets from the annual walk. If we didn't have the free tickets, we wouldn't go at all. When you go to real parks like Kings Dominion, Carowinds (ones you can fit Dorney inside a couple of times), Dorney just doesn't satisfy.  (Aug 15, 2008 | post #12)

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Whitehall Township Fires Damage 3 Vehicles, Including Off...

Didn't take long for someone like you to come out of the woodwork. You admitting to something here?  (Jul 16, 2008 | post #3)

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Christie Brinkley divorce trial set to begin

Yeah, she learned, after she took Billy Joel for allmost all he was worth, she decided to not let it happen to her...  (Jul 11, 2008 | post #90)

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Christie Brinkley divorce trial set to begin

You must not have a 21-22 year old daughter living in your house...  (Jul 11, 2008 | post #89)

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