Doug Slaight

Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

Taxpayer, Does someone have to wipe your butt for you in the morning? Ask yourself, I assume you do know what a telephone is. again 824-5914, it is really simple. By the way.... I liked the cartoon...and if it is about me, I think I should get some kind of royalty or at least Bryce should take me to lunch...

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Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

Insider1313, I'm sorry you live in fear for your job as a firefighter. I never had that fear when I served. If you where on the Fire Department when I was, you know there were some very "lively" discussions and different opinions. Everyone knew what my thoughts were and how I got to them. I hoped that that interaction brought me more respect as I respected their views. But......With that being said, you know as much as I do that firefighting is about trust. Your life and your brother and sisters life may depend on each other. That trust is developed by honesty and sharing your limitations of what you are comfortable doing as a firefighter and your views. I never was comfortable doing confined space. I loved to rappel, but that rope seemed way too small to hold my fat butt so I was always uncomfortable. So what I'm trying to say you can't express your views in secret and keep that trust.

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Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

Taxpayer, I retired in 2005. I have not a clue when they used Hayden's building or how often. How do you know other Fire Departments are reading this? Here is what I would do....... You call 824-5914. You get the answer You want and You post the answer. I hope You all ready know my position on this issue. Besides my fingers are getting tired of typing !!!!!! See you at the meeting tonight??????

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Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

Ranger520 Let's see you have gone from only going to use once a year, to this is necessary every day. Do you understand what the ISO is now? Have you called Hayden to see if their facility is free and asked when the building is available? I really am interested in your plan to allow for all training and still have people here for fires. You do realize our firefighters have their full time jobs and work some work out of town? I'm am certain the current training officer is just waiting for you to present your plan. It would really take a load off of him or her.

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Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

Sanders you beat me to it. Ranger520, Here is a the web site that explains the whole ISO rateing system if you are really wanting to learn something today. http://www.isomitigation.com/ppc/0000… ISO rating are very difficult to understand and not all insurance companies use the information to determine rates. I think State Farm has their own rating system. There you go Ranger520 I'm trying to help you all I can.

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Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

Truthhurts, I glad you brought that subject up. I just called Steamboat Fire. I talked to the Chief. They have 25 career firefighters including the Chief. 5 part-time, 4 reserve. The pay scale is $36,600 to $49,200 for the career Firefighter/EMT. They work as A, B, C, shifts. 24 hr shifts. Around 7 firefighters on at a time. If you take even the low wage X 24 (not counting the chief) = $864,000.00 in just wages alone, per year. I also asked about training. Steamboat Firefighters are required to complete a live fire burn every year plus all the other requirements to keep their Firefighter certifications. I asked if they do this on their shift and another shift covers? He said no, they have to do this on their days off. Right now Craig is blessed to have volunteers but a time will come when people will not volunteer anymore. Volunteerism is dying all over the US.

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Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

Disclaimer: My word's and opinions are just that, mine, from my experiences as a firefighter and by attending Fire Board meeting and asking questions. Yesterday Josh Roberts call me about my Letter to the Editor. He assured me it would be printed in two parts on Wed. and Fri. just as I wrote it. Thank you Josh. I also received a phone call from Bryce Jacobson in the pm. He informed me two Fire Board members had attended the Editorial Board meeting before they had come to their conclusion on what to write. This was not mentioned in the Editorial Boards article. My words about the Editorial Board "might" have been a little harsh. I had based my opinion on my attendance at the Fire Board meetings and never seeing any of the Editorial Board members there. Their contention is still the Fire Board "Violated public trust" from statements said in 2006. Well, things change in 6 years folks.... In my opinion the Fire Board had no idea they would receive grants to help purchase fire equipment within the six years since those statements were made and that there would be more money in their funds. Also the two Fire Board members could not convey every discussion in the last six years on what would be the best way to use the funds in one meeting with the Editorial Board. I still stand by my support in the Fire Boards quest to build this building and still contend this building is as important as any other piece of firefighting equipment. I'm sure firefighter training standards have changed in the last six years demanding more and more training to achieve and keep firefighter certifications. Another subject that has come up in this forum discussion is the Shadow Mt. project. Do you think in 2006, the city knew in 2012 they were going to be doing this project there? If they did in 2006 they would have been trying to budget more money for that future project. Like I said things change in six years...
Mr. Jacobson also reminded me that not all members of the Editorial Board are against this building. He gave my his stance on the issue. I asked him if his stance was "off the record" and he said " no this is on the record". I'm not going to tell you what his opinion is, you can ask him yourself. Thanks Bryce for the phone call.

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Doug Slaight 4 years, 5 months ago on Editorial: Fire district violated public trust

The last year I was in charge of training, 2004. 22 firefighters, 1515 hrs of training. I still have some of my records. I don't think these numbers took into account rookie or Haz-Mat training. Been to long for me to remember. Again your uneducated guess of once a year is way off.

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