FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2018
Contact: Jordan Redell
Burlington – The Burlington Fire Fighters Association (BFFA), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 3044 has endorsed Mayor Miro Weinberger in support of his upcoming re-election effort on Town Meeting Day, March 6, 2018. This is the fifth labor endorsement for Mayor Weinberger, who recently was endorsed by the Burlington Police Officers’ Association, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300, Plumbers and Pipefitters UA 693, and the Vermont Building Trades Council.
“The Burlington Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 3044 is proud to support Mayor Weinberger as he seeks a third term,” said Sean Ploof, President of BFFA, IAFF Local 3044. “As a long-time Burlington resident, I am proud that recent years have seen investment and improvement in the Department due to the partnership between the Mayor and Burlington’s firefighters. Mayor Weinberger takes the time to understand our issues, and tries to find solutions that include the safety of firefighters, residents, and visitors in our City. We look forward to working closely with Mayor Weinberger over the next three years to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement to address remaining staffing and training challenges.”
“I am grateful and honored to receive this endorsement from the BFFA,” said Mayor Weinberger. “I’m proud to serve the City alongside such dedicated public servants who work hard, day in and day out, to protect Burlingtonians. Our firefighters are on the front lines of our community’s most serious challenges and work professionally and admirably in times of enormous pressure and stress. I’m committed to find a way to support the necessary resources the Fire Department needs so that we can keep Burlingtonians and our employees safe.”
Key accomplishments of the last six years regarding the Fire Department include:
- Creation and growth of a new paramedic program within the Department that provides new and better service to Burlingtonians in emergency situations;
- Approximately $1.8m of overdue investment in our Fire Stations;
- Replacement of six fire apparatus over a three year period;
- Addition of four new positions to the Department to reduce the use of overtime, the first staffing additions in 15 years; and
- Investments in new technology, including the purchase of a Computer Aided Dispatch system.
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