News A firefighter who wont fight fires

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    LOL....Murica

    http://nypost.com/2015/05/17/firefighters-fear-for-their-lives-over-fire-fleeing-colleague/



    Firefighters fear colleague who routinely flees fires
    By Amber Jamieson and Susan Edelman

    May 17, 2015 | 6:00am


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    He’s a firefighter in name only.

    Michael D. Johnson won’t fight fires. Instead he stays on the sidelines as his Engine Co. 257 colleagues rush into burning buildings, FDNY insiders told The Post.

    Nicknamed “Tragic Johnson” by rank and file, he’s managed to evade the smoke and flames several times since joining the Canarsie, Brooklyn, firehouse last year, sources confirmed.

    “To have a guy that you know to be afraid is not going to be there for you when you need him to be — it’s frightening,” said one FDNY source.

    The latest fright unfolded April 2 at a three-alarm blaze on East 78th Street, when Johnson’s irked captain radioed a “mayday” after discovering Johnson was AWOL, sources said. He had been assigned as “backup” to the nozzle man carrying the hose into the burning two-story building.

    That left just two firefighters — the first and a third — to haul the heavy hose up a long staircase and spray water on the flames.
     
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    A photo obtained by The Post shows Johnson at the curb next to a FDNY vehicle while fellow firefighters march up steps into a house engulfed in black smoke.

    Johnson told his colleagues that he’d returned to the fire truck to refill his air tank, a source said.

    But sources said he never entered the blaze and should not have run low on air.

    “It can’t be ignored,” another department source said of the probie firefighter’s repeated absences. “If they ignore it, some civilian will end up injured or killed, or a fireman will be injured or killed.”

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    “Everyone is concerned about working with him,” said a third source. “We’re concerned for our safety, but we’re also concerned for his safety.”

    But department members are afraid to openly complain or criticize Johnson, who is black, because he was hired under a court order to increase minority hiring in the FDNY.

    Johnson, 41, a former city EMT who earned two medals on that job, was among 282 “priority hires” — applicants passed over in 1999 or 2000 as a result of discrimination, a federal judge ruled.

    His June 2, 2014, graduation class of 286 probationary firefighters was hailed as the most diverse in FDNY history — 24 percent Hispanic, 17 percent black and with four women.

    While most priority hires — including others at Engine 257 — have become outstanding firefighters, sources said, Johnson has fumbled. It took him three attempts to pass the Fire Academy, they said, and he has been sent back for retraining twice. “He’s a nice enough person, but he’s certainly lacking in the ability to put himself in harm’s way,” one source said.

    The fire boss who radioed the “mayday” — a rare code used only to signal a firefighter is lost in a blaze or in distress — knew Johnson had stayed outside but wanted to document his absence on the recorded transmissions, sources said.

    Shortly after the incident, a chief sent a letter to the Brooklyn division describing concerns about Johnson, a source said.

    The department confirmed Saturday that the April 2 mayday resulted in an official department order to retrain Johnson.

    After his weeklong retraining, a source said, Johnson indicated he didn’t want to return to the Canarsie firehouse but was ordered by department brass to do so.
     
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    :facepalm: He'll probably claim disability .... "stress response" or something....
     
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    Stew Nod Well-Known Member Banned User

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    Insanity
     
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    Yet they passed him through the academy. He should have flushed out there before he could cause someone else to get hurt.
     
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    No cowards on Engine 51 :fil:

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    he should be FIRED

    get it? c'mon this is killer shit!!! :rofl:
     
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    it raysis! :grad:
     
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    quotas are quotas.
     
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    :jj:
     
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    Can't fire a bleack.................
     
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    The city HAD to push for more minorities in the FDNY and now they have a female who never passed the exam and an enwurd who is a coward (or just shiftless and lazy). Sad, I hope I never have to rely on those two if I'm ever in a fire
     
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    "But department members are afraid to openly complain or criticize Johnson, who is black, because he was hired under a court order to increase minority hiring in the FDNY."

    Thanks, Obama.
     
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    Affirmative Action Jckson right there.
     
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    Maybe it's the water he's afraid of.
     
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    As for the woman, I read an article where another female firefighter lambasted the department's lowering of their standards to hire her.

    It creates a bias towards the women. ...though very few...who actually passed the test to get in in that the men assume that the qualified women are useless.
     
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