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Here’s The Scoop….VFD TRAINING EXERCISE…Who’s In Charge….You Betcha He Is….

5000 N OCEAN BLVD….LBTS EVENING LBTS-VFD/AMR MC-TRAINING EXERCISE….

They came…3 VFD fire trucks with AMR ….to train as requested by the Sea Ranch Club Building B Manager….and as desired by the VFD to get to know each condominium within town limits….

They arrived according to the building personnel…45 minutes late….OOPS…

Who was calling the shots…doing the training?…

Vice Mayor McIntee…in partial gear…..leading the way…instructing the 15 VFD young men…that’s who!

Also arriving …as a driver of one of the fire trucks…Commissioner Silverstone…

They were followed around by Official VFD-Town Photographer Marc Furth…taking photo- ops throughout the 35 minutes they were on site….although the management was informed this would be a 2 hour operation…

Chief Perkins was for most of the exercise at the front of the building…dressed in a white polo shirt and pants….no gear…

The AMR Med 12 ambulance came to observe…with VFD member -AMR Supervisor Kevin Padden.. another AMR Supervisor and a 3rd AMR EMT…. who were also for the most part at the front desk …after checking out the elevators…asking questions of the Manager about the elevators…until they were paged to leave to respond to a call….about 20 minutes into the event…

They informed this writer they went on 6 calls today…right before they left for the 7th….they work 24 hours on…48 hours off according to Kevin Padden….

After they were called away…Vice Mayor McIntee led some of the firefighters through the lobby and walked out of the front door…

We wondered if the VFD was going to follow the 911 call AMR went on…as I had observed and questioned and posted previously….

One employee said he was told by the “Chief” they had to go on a call and would be coming back for their equipment later…

This was curious….. the Manager commented that they obviously didn’t need the equipment left behind on the 6th floor for whatever the call was….

I asked the employee who was the “Chief” that told him that…he told me the big guy….I asked if he was wearing a hat….and holding a radio…he said yes…I asked how he knew he was the “Chief”…he said the men called him ” Chief”…

I then looked outside to see Commissioner Silverstone…Vice Mayor McIntee …Chief Perkins and Marc Furth standing there taking more photo- ops…obviously they did not go anywhere….HMMM…..

I asked the employee which guy was the “Chief”…he pointed to McIntee….

The Manager went out to see what was going on…with the hoses being left on the 6 floor…….and received a different reason for their leaving the premises……..that the men needed to go out and cool down before gathering their stuff….followed up with having a photo- op with the Vice Mayor…Chief Perkins and Commissioner Silverstone…taken by Marc Furth…

Did BSO come with photographer in tow?….

The firefighters came back in to get their equipment…and the training exercise was over….

Final note…the men were young…a definite plus…AMR was quite forthright ….very reassuring…

BUT….

Why is Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee addressed as the “Chief”…

Why is Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee the Training Officer?…..

Why were we told he is a member- at- large?….

Compensation or no compensation….

Who is actually in charge?…….

What is the real “chain of command”?…….

more to come…

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