Newport Community Members: As a firefighter and an advocate for our Newport Community, I am asking you to please vote for Gordon Henry for City Commissioner. Gordon Henry takes immense pride in our community and is dedicated to our entire community safety and well-being. #votegordonhenry #voteforyoursafety #voteforyourfuture
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My name is Audrey Owczarzak, and I humbly ask for your vote for the IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the Vincent J. Bollon ALTS/ Ernest A. “Buddy” Mass Human Relations Conference.
The Human Relations Committee requires members who have experience in working with people from all walks of life. I have a proven record of disciplined and dedicated leadership that will lead me in assisting local, state, and provincial affiliates in developing policies, procedures, and guidelines relative to human relations issues within the fire service. I want to educate members of the IAFF regarding human relations issues and encourage greater involvement of all members in recognition of our diversity.
I have overcome many adversities in my life. I understand the need of the Human Relations Committee. Our members are the most important component of this great International union and we must recognize, learn, and educate ourselves on our diversities. We are all products of our life experiences.
Our workplace is characterized by our diversity. Without hesitation, I will continue to respect all people in the fire service regardless of their gender, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, or place of origin.
We are different in many ways. We must pay attention to our differences, not only so that we can work together successfully, but so that we can learn to value and gain an advantage from our different strengths. Our diversities do not mean better or worse. They do, however, strengthen our solidarity and solidifies the IAFF’s growth and success.
A native Philadelphian, my Puerto Rican mother and Polish father, instilled in me values of love, compassion, and a strong will. I am most proud to be the mother of my wonderful daughter Casey. I proudly served my country as a United States Marine. I am also an Iraq combat veteran.
Hired in 2008 as a firefighter, I immediately joined the IAFF. As chairperson of Newport Firefighters Local 45’s Community Outreach Program and Events Chairman, I have coordinated efforts that have provided basic needs for the most vulnerable in our city and their families. As Local 45 secretary, I communicate clearly and directly with our membership regularly and transparently.
I am excited about our future. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you as a member of the IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee. Please feel free to contact me at any time and I look forward to meeting you next week.
Secretary & Events Chairman
Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 I.A.F.F.
Register to Vote:
By default, the Local President (LP) is authorized to carry the vote.
IMPORTANT: If the LP is not attending the conference, they must authorize a delegate in attendance to carry your local’s vote. This can be done by the LP logging into IAFF.org and submitting the online Authorized Delegate Form authorized delegate form. (If you need any assistance, you are welcome to contact me.
Please make arrangements to have this completed prior to arrival at the ALTS /HRC. EHRC voting will take place: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – 0730 to 1600 hours in the EL PASO 1/2 Room.
You can find out more about the IAFF Human Relations Committee by logging onto IAFF.org and going to the Human Relations Committee page https://client.prod.iaff.org/#
NEWPORT, Ky. (WKRC) – Newport Fire Chief William Darin says the department made nearly 5,000 runs in 2018; that includes fire and medical responses.
Darin says less than 1 percent of those are for big structural fires. Newport Fire Union President Jake Silvati says the department is understaffed.
“We feel that it’s not a matter of if something bad happens, it’s a matter of when something that happens and we’re very concerned about that or concerned about the safety of the citizens and the firefighters,” Silvati said.
Silvati is pushing the city to staff 12 firefighters instead of the 11 it has been running. He says that’s enough to fully staff two fire trucks and two ambulances.
City Manager Tom Fromme says Newport does not have the money for another firefighter and the budget is too tight already. He says the city has gotten rid of more than two dozen positions in various departments since he took over in 2005.
“So, not only have we cut costs as much as we could through extending the life of equipment and sometimes just not even replacing equipment, we’ve also had a reduced employee numbers. Now, myself and the board, where we locked them to lay people off, so we done a lot of that to attrition,” Fromme said.
The city, like a lot of others in the area, relies on mutual aid, which is when other departments help on calls.
“The problem with that is the late response. So, these other fire apparatus are coming from neighboring communities and are not in downtown,” Silvati said.
The budget is not going to get better anytime soon. Fromme says without new businesses, like what’s projected at the Ovation project, the city has no way to generate more money because Kentucky limits how cities can bring in revenue.
“I would say if an office building would file the music venue, the earliest that you would possibly see results from that would probably be three to four years down the road,” Fromme said.
May 12th – May 15th 2019
Come join Newport Firefighters help Fill The Boot for MDA! Jerzee’s is offering $9 buckets, $4 Bengal bombs, and they will also donate a percentage of all money spent during the fundraiser to the MDA. There will be split the pot and raffles running throughout the duration of the fundraiser.
Fill the Boot donations benefit MDA’s shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and empower families with services and support in our own hometown. All money raised will help support local families in Northern Kentucky.
Sunday, December 9th
12:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
JerZees Pub & Grub
708 Monmouth Street
Newport ,Kentucky 41071
Help Newport Firefighters share the warmth!
Newport Firefighters is challenging YOU, our surrounding community members to help keep the children warm. We are looking for NEW coats for children ages 5 to 14. These coats will be distributed to the children in Newport Primary School and Newport Intermediate School on December 1st. Over 50% of the children attending these schools, walk to and from school each day. Local 45 will match the first 50 coats donated to our drop off locations. Please have all coat donations dropped off by November 30th to one of the below locations.
NO CHILD SHOULD BE COLD FOR THE WINTER
~GIVE THE GIFT OF WARMTH~
Drop off Locations
Newport Fire Department
998 Monmouth Street (10th Street side)
Newport, KY 41071
South Newport Fire Department
171 Main Street
Newport, KY 41071
WOODEN CASK BREWING COMPANY
629 York Street
Newport, Kentucky 41071