Sundqvist's article goes on to describe the heat of the fire, the color, the smoke, in trite analogies, with ridiculous verbiage by Drew. Despite the chaos she describes she manages, in full gear, to quote Drew in the article, she writes:
"Drew said two firefighters were added into the budget for the 2011-12 year when he was on the Common Council, and as mayor, he added another two for the 2012-13 year. He has also been in contact with
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s office about applying for a SAFER grant, which would allow the department to pay for more officers for a limited period of time. “My administration is making a concerted effort to increase the staffing in both the fire and police department,” Drew said. “We have
a responsibility for the public’s safety.” "
Here Drew blatantly tries to take credit for work of the past administration, which he criticized and ultimately then voted against!
Last year, Councilwoman Deborah Kleckowski, Personnel Director Debra Milardo, Councilman Bob Santangelo, Hillary Federico from the Press, Representative Matt Lesser (wearing a Malloy t-shirt, again always campaigning & making himself the focus) and Mayor Sebastian Giuliano participated in Fire Ops 101. Drew did not participant though eligible as a councilman (we get to why below). Participants past and present performed four tasks while wearing full gear:
1. Break down a door using special equipment, then crawl up a smoke filled, dark stairwell to search for and recover a "victim". Participants had to drag the victim (a 200 lb. dummy) to safety.
2. Fire attack and knockdown. City officials dragged a charged fire hose into a dark, smoke filled - and burning - structure.
3. Participants were instructed to carry a chainsaw up a ladder to the roof of a burning structure and cut a hole in it to ventilate and release the heat.
4. Cut up a Ford Taurus using the Hurst tool (the "Jaws of Life").
Although no doubt hyper-ventilating, as anyone in 700 degree heat would, Drew remembers to name-drop for DeLauro, who was not on hand. Although the Insider does not support nor pretend to endorse the subsequent claim, Insider has observed that rumors circulating on various websites run by conservative critics and bloggers suspect her rumored "declining health" for her absence on the campaign trail and as a reason for her failure to debate opponent Wayne Winsley. A Patch contributor, Middletown resident Bill Boyd comments on DeLauro's lack of response to Winsley a letter here: When questioned about debating Winsley DeLauro appears very confused- see the video from blogger Palin Smith here:
Mayor Drew, who never fails in these articles, especially those written by pal Viktoria Sundqvist to brag about himself did in fact apply for a SAFER grant just like every administration before him did as well however; there is a catch to the grant. This grant is all well and good as long as Middletown then commits to the higher staffing levels after the grant expire as is mandated in the rules for application of the SAFER grant. If it is in the budget, necessary and affordable, then by all means increase Fire and Police staffing, but this is a decision for tax payers. Once again the Drew has put the cart before the horse and committed City money - your tax dollars- before its even in the bank! Ironically, when the previous administration and Republican's on Common Council advocated to increase staffing at the Fire Departments, Democrats criticized it.
Like this year, last year was no different: Middletown Fire Department invited the entire Common Council to participate; only Kleckowski and Santangelo took them up on it.
At the time of last year's Fire Ops class, Drew was running for mayor, but couldn't tear himself away from his campaign to do it - (kind of sounds like a certain President of the U.S. who couldn't fore-go a Las Vegas fundraiser in the face of a terrorist attack on our consulate in Lybia. If you remember, Dan Drew couldn't find time to help out at the shelter during either of the two weather events that took place last year.)
Well, Drew did show up at the Emergency Shelter at the High School on Halloween night 2011 for about 10 minutes to hand out candy, at 8 pm at night to children who we were trying to get to calm down. Thanks a bunch, Dan; you're such a help! Thanks for making a mockery of our heroic Fire Department and using this as an opportunity to campaign for Delauro & yourself rather than showcase the real heroes.