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Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.
How dare our fire chief pretend that he wants to honor our fallen brother (big Dave) by asking our department to be smoke free. This is what he says in a letter to the department: "it seems that the best way to continue that support is for each of us to pledge and commit ourselves to making RFD a smoke free fire department for big Dave". Our local 995, yes the one that Big Dave Pulliam lead for 25 years, has asked numerous times for the Creecy administration to consider a no tobacco policy. Pulliam and Andes have both supported the no tobacco policy on behalf of the members of 995. This idea was effortlessly dismissed by our fire chief. The 995 supported it because of the cancer presumption bill that effects firefighters. Almost all of the surrounding FD's have tobacco policies and have done so for many years. You might be able to fool the mayor Chief, but you can't fool the members.
The local 995 has asked numerous times that the Creecy administration support CPAT, (which he openly says is discriminatory against blacks and females, even though it is backed and certified by the international association of fire chiefs) Fit For Duty, yearly physical fitness testing, mandatory on duty PT, and a yearly CPAT or RPAT test. All of these have been denied by his administration and he wants us to believe that he cares about our well being and health? Come on man!! Now he will tell you otherwise, and that all of these things are "in the works" and that someone (the xo) is "bird dogging" it, and that he is try to find the data to support the programs and meeaasure the results. No more buzz words and BS Chief!! Make a decision, stop playing politics, take care of the troops (requested by big Dave right before he passed), and get it done. Take notes from one of your mentors, ex-Chicago fire commissioner Robert Hoff. He was a fireman's chief, he stood up for his men, and when he was asked by the mayor to go against his morals and values and to jeopardize his men's safety, he handed the mayor his badge and said not on my watch.