Augusta city unlawfully retaliating against local firefighters: IAFF
Augusta city authorities are unlawfully retaliating against the local firefighters for bringing up their safety concerns, the President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) alleged.
The IAFF President, who represents more than three hundred thousand firefighters across the
United States and Canada, wrote in a letter to Augusta City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson that the association wasn’t pleased with how local firefighters were being treated by the city.
The criticism came after some local firefighters openly criticized city authorities for buying problematic fire trucks, which are now getting national attention.
Charles Masters, the president of Augusta Professional Fire Fighters Association, said, “It’s obvious we have some major issues with the firetrucks and the purchases of that we shouldn’t be here today. If I wouldn't have brought anything forward the public wouldn't know. The taxpayer out here wouldn’t know what went on.”
He added that new fire trucks continue to have major issues. One truck has been out of service for three weeks, while one has been assigned to work in Virginia. Local firefighters say that they are not only concerned about their own safety, but also for the safety of community.
The IAFF stressed that it stands behind Augusta firefighters and its legal department is continuously monitoring the situation.
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