Someone needs to get a dose of reality at the Blue Hills Fire Department in Bloomfield, Connecticut very quickly. That is an actual on the record quote given to the Hartford Courant’s Steven Goode by Fire Commissioner Jimmy Davis. Lovely, isn’t it?
Davis is a retired truck driver with a disability who has been a commissioner for the Blue Hills Fire District for 13 years. Because Davis is not an active firefighter, Assistant Fire Chief Roy Rickis, when he was acting chief in January, decided not to renew the state blue light permit for Davis’ POV. Reporter Goode describes the Ford Crown Victoria as being ”tricked out like a state police cruiser”.
So, rather than take this insult, Commissioner Davis showed Chief Rickis who is in charge. He took away the department issued SUV that Chief Rickis used to respond to fire scenes.
So, in other words, if the man who isn’t a firefighter can’t respond, let’s keep the active fire chief from responding too. That should help our mission of protecting the public, don’t you think?
Right up there with the “dumb-ass assistant chief” comment is Commissioner Davis telling the paper Rickis is lucky he only had the SUV taken from him and wasn’t fired.
For three months, the man who is supposed to be in charge on the fireground responds in his own personal vehicle without lights and siren.
Here’s more from reporter Goode:
“He messed with me,” Davis said. “Someday when I feel it’s right, I may give it back to him.”
“It’s not right,” Rickis said. “I got stuck in traffic. But I take it with a grain of salt.”
Davis has had flashing blue lights on his personal car for years, having had his permit renewed annually by fthen-Fire Chief Art Gold even though he’s not an active firefighter and his disability requires him to carry a folding walker in the back seat. He keeps a mobility scooter in the Blue Hills firehouse to help him get around there.
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