FIRST PLACE: “When Seconds Count”
For more than a decade, Virginia Beach, VA Local 2924 had expressed concern to the city about the all-volunteer Virginia Beach Emergency Response System. All efforts of professional fire fighters and paramedics were ignored until the local television station, WVEC, broadcasted a six-part investigative report attacking the outdated and failed service. Less than a month after the series aired, the city manager suggested that gaps in the system had reached alarming levels and needed sweeping changes. The report resulted in the hiring of 28 career paramedics and establishment of a staffed ambulance 24/7.
SECOND PLACE: “United As One”
This news feature is about the California Depart-ment of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), CA Local 2881’s show of bravery in battling wildfires. The feature also talks about a California Professional Firefighters-sponsored bill # 899 to expand binding arbitration rights to local 2881 so that CDF fire fighters have the same rights and earn better salaries as other local fire fighters. The story includes interviews of prominent IAFF leaders from California, including retired CPF President Dan Terry and Local 2881 President Robert Wolf.
“Looking For My Brother”