Think move AFD (Alameda Fire Department) to ACFD (Alameda County Fire Department). Seriously.
One cannot but think that the recent extreme and unnecessary failures of our AFD (FISC, Crude Oil, Zack) will impact the lab’s decision to locate in Alameda.
One cannot but think the substandard management at the AFD would be an issue for the LBNL. It seems to me that the fact that Mayor Gilmore replaced a qualified chief with an unqualified one would be a red flag for the LBNL team looking at Alameda. Our AFD Interim Fire Chief D’Orazi lacks the qualifications to be a chief officer: see for yourself: the qualifying documents for the AFD management are here. And doesn’t that mean D’Orazi’s title should be Acting Interim Fire Chief?
And worse: the two qualified assistant chiefs at AFD recently departed: Fisher and Vogelsang. … Fisher (unexpectedly retired) and Vogelsang (left, no explanation?) were the two assistant chiefs, you know, the kind who took competitive exams to get the job and have the training, experience, and state certifications to be a chief officer? Yeah, that kind. The kind that matters say to, oh, a national laboratory looking for a new location.
A move to County Fire would better serve all Alamedans and our city AND be attractive to LBNL:
1. At a minimum save the city 10%, likely more (economies of scale, you know, for the ACFD)
2. Immediately provide a properly qualified, organized, and visionary management team
3. Bring the AFD performance standards up to snuff. (Yeah, no more being told that breathing in friable asbestos and crude oil fumes, and god knows what next!, isn’t toxic! Or that shallow/calm water is too dangerous for firefighters!)
4. Immediately integrate lab-specific response protocols and procedures into the AFD GOBs. Why? ACFD has been servicing Lawrence Berkeley National Lab since 2002, and Lawrence Livermore Lab since 2007.
So let’s go people; sign The Petition online here.
To sign a hardcopy, email me privately at: raisinghellforgood (at) gmail (dot) com