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Monday, February 3, 2014

Apology and explanation of Detroit Fire Department post.

by Richard Clement
 

Closed Firehouse at Livernois and Curtis
District #2
I do apologize to the Men and Women of Detroit Fire if you were offended by the statement Bed and Breakfast, especially the widows.  This is a misunderstanding between the intent of the message and what it should have implied that being a Firefighter is a good job with a lot of dangerous and hard work.  Some of the firehouses that I worked in doing computer hardware and software upgrades, the kitchens had bbq fire pits and gas grills installed.  I had the chance to observe a few Firefighters cooking sitr-fry one day at a firehouse and, it looked so good and smelled even better.  They were pretty nice to me also but I could not stay for dinner.  We want our firefighters to be well fed, well paid and, safe when they go to work. If the facilities need an upgrade, then make a list and it will be addressed.   Mr. Cushingberry never wrote any of the messages so don’t hate on him. Therefore I would  be more than honored take up all of the offers that some of you made to Councilman Cushingberry to ride a rig, put on some gear and,  go up the ladder on the fire engine. I will be leading an investigation of DFD facilities for the councilman. Starting with the firehouses in District 2, I will be going to see what is REALLY going on in DFD as an investigator. If additional hardware is needed then, your concerns will be addressed.

We will be adding additional media content creators on the Facebook page for Mr. Cushingberry. This includes more media personnel and unpaid interns in journalism. Mr. Cushingberry has no intentions on resigning over a traffic ticket or, resigning period.  After thinking about it over the weekend, I am not quitting either. It is time to get up and walk it off. In 30 days the council has accomplished a lot. Board positions have been filled, corporation counsel has been appointed and the streetlights are coming on.  This does not sound like a dysfunctional group of councilmembers. When all these facts come to light, Nolan Finley is still wrong and Richard Clement was right.  Given my new position, others will have to speak up and out for me a little more advocating the causes that I was speaking out for in Lansing and Detroit.

Sincerely, Richard Clement – Legislative Aide to Councilman George Cushingberry Jr.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just so that we are clear, you are not apologizing for saying the words. You are only apologizing because people were offended. I mean, that is after all what you just said. I apologize if people were offended. You are not apologizing for saying them though. That is not an apology sir

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Anon
People were offended and, I apologized to them for saying those words taken out of context. Are we clear now?

Anonymous said...

You left out that the BBQ firepits and gas grills are paid for by Detroit Firefighters, also,the Firefighters buy their own food.

Anonymous said...

Exactly right, Anonymous! He is not apologizing for the ignorant words. And yes, the DFD pays for their own food, gas grills, bbq pits, along with may other things. He, along with many other city officials, will never get IT. Just sit down in your warm comfy office and collect your fat paycheck and keep your mouth shut.

Anonymous said...

Not only do they pay for their own upgrades to the firehouses, they pay for their food, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, new boots and coats and all other needed items the city doesn't provide. There is no other major city that expects their firemen to cover these costs, especially considering all the pay cuts they've taken and the hazards they face daily due to sub-standard equipment.

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Time to write a grant and have a fundraiser to fix all of this.

Including a grant for gas grills at firehouses. Guest catering, etc..

Workers paying for equipment in their own workplace is insane.

How are the Technology needs? Please say more.

Friends of George Cushingberry said...
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Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Firefighters paying for their own food is total B.S.

Some private and some Govt. Agencies have $25.00 a day per diem on dinner per employee. No payment out of pocket required.

We must talk about this.

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Planning on inspecting the firehouse in District #2 on Meyers for an onsite inspection of facilities. Per contact with a firefighter at location.

7:00pm good?

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Donate to DFD Website Support
http://detroitfirefighters.net/Websupport2.htm

Anonymous said...

The technology at the firehouses in Detroit is poor to nonexistent. Fire reports are so generic that they are useless and the alert system, when working, is a joke. The city purchased and installed toughbook laptops on our fire rigs a few years ago but never paid for software so basically useless and dysfunctional...

Anonymous said...

This is pathetic, you are still not apologizing for what you said. I am not a DFD firefighter and I am offended. ALL DFD Firefighters should be appalled by what you said. For saying what you did, you should take your own money, from that big paycheck you get, pick a firehouse each week, drop in, say hello, give them a portion of your check- your "hard earned" money to buy necessary items. Writing a grant takes time, these guys need this stuff NOW. A grant is a good idea, but they can write a grant too. IF you write a grant, you are not personally helping. Also, "attempting to apologize" on a blog is a sorry excuse for an attempted apology. Grow up, man up. Face these guys face to face and tell them how you really feel..

Anonymous said...

How has this person gotten to where they are today? This is a CITY COUNCIL person, someone we would naturally be inclined to think represents some of the best in knowledge. He writes like a small child. Although this is not the biggest crime against humanity, it is probably indicative of his knowledge and work ethic in other areas.

"I had the chance to observe a few Firefighters cooking sitr-fry one day at a firehouse and, it looked so good and smelled even better. They were pretty nice to me also but I could not stay for dinner." - Actual adult human being publicly representing others. Unreal.

Anonymous said...

Since when do you use "dont hate on" in a professional letter. People these days!

Anonymous said...

My twelve year old could write a more sophisticated sounding argument. What an unadulterated buffoon.

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Went to Engine 30 and Engine 40 of the Detroit Fire Department today. Mr. Cushingberry will be coming by to the firehouses and meet firefighters at their place of work. Starting with District 2.

Anonymous said...

Engines have pumps not ladders.

Anonymous said...

By to the? Starting with District 2...what? Where did you learn to speak English. Whoever put you in charge of communications should be fired.

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Anon: by the firehouses

edited.

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Once again I apologize for the bad choice of words to describe a job that is dangerous like war and working with substandard equipment.

We are doing advance work to make a visiting schedule for Mr. Cushingberry for all of the firehouses to investigate this non functional code red system that will cut response time.

Anonymous said...

I live in Kansas City and I have never heard of such mess. The city approve 650 million for a new District. And don't have fire trucks? with equipment aboard them? Something is wrong with this Pic.I do understand that the public is to come up with a little less than half of the project amount. But your safety equipment is substandard equipment. Well. Mr Cushingberry should be doing more than investigating this matter. It's already known you got a problem in this area. So upgrade the fire trucks, equipment with leaky tanks, no ladders, and the fire houses. Quit talking and making matters worst. The fine people of Detroit needs help!

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

Our goal of hiring new firefighters between the ages of 18-30 in 2014 has been successful. Councilmember Cushingberry technical research has determined that the Detroit Fire Department will be paperless by 2018. This will involve a complete technology overhaul with hard copy run sheets being converted to a digital display notification system. This is being done in compliance with the paperwork reduction act and, a simplified run sheet with basic information.

Friends of George Cushingberry said...

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