Mutual Aid Fire

White firefighters win Supreme Court appeal
June 29, 2009, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Opinion

“WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
The ruling could alter employment practices nationwide and make it harder to prove discrimination when there is no evidence it was intentional.”

There is the problem.”no evidence it was intentional” fortunately in our small town area it’s not so much of an issue. Not to say that a few “big city” bros that I know did’t tell me about their own experience with “affirmative action”. It would be ignorent to say it doesn’t happen these days. Just like racism it goes both ways.

You know, I didn’t like the title in this story. This is not about “white firefighters” as much as it is about firefighters and promotion process PERIOD. It is likely to think the highest score wins the slot. What’s fair is fair and we need to keep it that way. Black OR white, young OR old…dare I say experienced OR not so experienced!…( I can hear you about the last one!!!)

If your dept. sets out promotion parameters than that parameter is your judge (BTW if the parameters suck then form a commitee and change it!). Sometimes hurt egos go along with the process such as “that kid is not_____ for this position, Chief liked so & so that’s why he’s promoted, His dad/brother/family had something to do with it!” , albeit sometimes true, the score should speak for itself(that is why all scores should be posted dept. wide for all to come to their own conclusion).

The REAL test comes when you hit the street. Prove yourself. I have been told by mentors before RESPECT is everything in the fire service. “Rank don’t mean SH!T if you do not have the respect of your brothers in the firehouse”.

So if there is a problem with your recent promotions(alot of retirements round these parts recently FWBFD included) let the newly promoted have their moment. Let them prove themselves. Only time can produce experience and experience exposes ability and ability determines respect.

If they have been on the job a while, get promoted, and still suck…_________________ (you fill in the blank)