We are writing this letter to inform the public of the current level of fire protection with the city of Brawley. Today, as almost every day, four firefighters work 24-hour shifts protecting the citizens of our proud city. What you don't know is occasionally one or two of those firefighters are not professionals.
These individuals are paid-call employees, meaning they respond from home or work when available. In the past year, management has used these part-time employees to replace injured, sick or vacationing firefighters. We strongly resent the decision by management to replace dedicated professional firefighters with inexperienced and dangerous part-time employees.
How would you feel if someone with little or no experience replaced you? We have pride in the service we perform for the community and desire respect from management appropriate to the tasks we perform. Emergency medical assistance and fire calls are not the time to find out if someone can handle the stress of emergency operations. No one wants to see a firefighter scared of heights or an emergency medical technician afraid of blood. Our full-time firefighters are fully prepared to meet the challenges facing the city, county and state; whichever task calls upon us.