• I highly apperciate our fire fighters and emt workers for the duty they do 100 %. The city county and all need to come togther and get these officers what they need to make the city and county a safe place. Safety is a major role in life. No matter what the fire fighters & emts do while on duty they to me are still under payed for the sacrice they do daily put there own life at risk to help others. But yes the city and county need to work togther and get them what they need asap. When was the last time you walked up to a fire fighter or emt and shook there hand for the duty they serve. Tell you what I do every time I see one. Victoria fire and emt has saved my life once and I respect everyone of them. God Bless each of you in Jesus Name

    September 10, 2010 at 8:19 p.m.
  • woofwoof!

    I was a firefighter/paramedic for Victoria for 5 1/2 years. We go to the store to buy food to cook for meals. We sleep at lunch so we are rested at night for when we go to your mom and dads house if one is having a heart attack. The fire stations are being built to the new national standards that they have to be. Federal law now said that the fences have to be there. The BBQ pits are payed for by money the fireman put in to a rec fund for themselves. Some of the TV's were payed for by the city. Some by the rec fund. Some were sold to the city at cost by Kamins Furnitur. As for the 40,000 dollar trucks! All firemen have a second full time job or there own busness. They have to!!!! The city does not pay what they should. So woofwoof we should have the city give them more to do in the day so they are beat at the end of the day! That was when your mom or dad is having that heart attack at 3am and they are good and tired from their long day of BS to keep them busy to make you happy and are half asleep. Oh wait now your house is on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They didnt have a good meal at dinner. Just a sandwich they brought from home. Half was through the fire they are spent and just say oh well im out of energy. Let it burn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So woofwoof what do you do for a living? Are you payed very little to put your life before others you dont even know? Do you save others and get very little thanks if any? What do you do other then complain on here with out using your real name? I think they are about to hire. You should put in an app. Oh wait i bet you cant hac it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 at 1:38 p.m.
  • On the burn building, I think the city, county and college should work together to fund a multiple use public safety training facility to train fire police and emergency workers, the college educates them and city and county entities do also, it would make sense to share the costs and if could be utilized by all the entities. Also one last thing, if anyone wants to get rid of our firefighters and return to the good old days of volunteers only, then you be the first to pick up a hose and spend all night sitting at the station waiting for a call, sweating and wishing the pain and exhaustion would go away after six calls because of the lack of rest. I thank god for the fire and police in our community and the volunteer firefighters who give up their time to protect us. They do so selfishly so that we can sleep safetly. Many times we forget the real Heros that are among us everyday.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:16 p.m.
  • Also about going to shop at HEB or picking up food. They have to eat in that 24 hour period, so how do you expect them to get food, a delivery service. They have to go in a truck so they can stay together and ready to respond for any emergency. Even if they are at the store they are still ready to respond. Why don't you start a grocery delivery service for fire departments, and that would solve the problem.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:03 p.m.
  • Woof woof, you need to educate yourself, I would suggest you put your money where your mouth is and attend the civilian fire academy, or go to the fire chief and ask these questions instead of using the comment page to express your dissatisfaction. It is apparent you don't like firefighters, I pray for you sir that you never need their services. If you did not have firefighters ever ready at the fire station, your taxes would go up because they would have to have more firefighters to work through the night and not sleep. These men and women sometimes do not sleep for a 24 hour shift. Sometimes they do it depends on how busy it is at night. Regardless they are ready to respond to your emergency at a moments notice. Instead of coming up with problems why don't you first educate yourself on their jobs and what they do, then as a taxpayer work to come up with fiscally responsible solutions that ensure citizens have public safety when they call for help. Come up with solutions instead of just attacking something you don't know about.

    September 10, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.
  • woowoof,

    I'm no expert but I would say staying up for 24 hours straight isn't exactly healthy. And by shop do you mean going to HEB or Dicks? Well that one is pretty straight forward tooo...Now I would agree with you that they probably shouldn't be at the mall, buying clothes, but in my 40 years of living in Victoria, I've never seen those guys at the mall.

    September 10, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.
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    September 9, 2010 at 11:24 p.m.
  • It is so typical for people to open there mouth about what firemen actually due and the many roles they fulfill for our city. They are currently receiving some of the things that are long overdue. Many of the older stations are not up to building code and contain mold. Many employee vehicles at the fire department have been vandalized, stolen or broken into at the stations. They don't have adequate training facility to train in an actual fire environment. People who are so uneducated about what the fire department actually does for there citizens. When people like you who dont think about what roll they actually fulfill till you call call 911 because your house, car our outside property is on fire. You're involved in a motor vehicle accident and need to get cut out of the vehicle or transported to the nearest ER. Or when you have to call 911 because your family member is in cardiac arrest or your child overdosed experimenting with a new drug or any other type of medical emergency that you might have. Maybe you dont think about what the firemen of this city actually have to do to keep up current state certifications on their own time and dime or that many firemen have two full time jobs so that they can pay for that 40000 dollar pickup. How about the Citizens of Victoria actually go out and visit their nearest fire station and actually talk to these men and women that do so much for our city and educate themselves about what a 24 hr shift at the fire department actually consists of. Yea they MIGHT get to sleep after 9 PM but at the same time when that call goes through they have to be on the road in less than 2 minutes. As a citizen of Victoria I recommend that all citizens of Victoria to educate themselves about the services that the Victoria Fire Department offers before they go off and began to open their uneducated mouth about what the firemen have received or what they are currently requesting.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.
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    September 9, 2010 at 9:57 p.m.