NEWPORT, Ky. — Santa Claus was spotted in Newport a few hours ahead of schedule this Christmas Eve while participating in the Newport Fire Department’s “Beyond the Call” program.

St. Nick traveled via fire truck to six families’ homes. Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 IAFF collected donations throughout the year to help purchase gifts and food for 22 children.

“Big smiles. These families may not smile throughout the year. When you see Santa Claus arrive on a fire truck with the lights on, we see smiles,” union president Jake Silvati said. “That helps us get through the tough year we’ve had to deal with, too.”

Shawnnika Giles and her four children were not expecting to have a Christmas celebration this year, but because of the community’s generosity, her kids will wake up and open gifts Christmas morning.

“This is…I can’t even explain it,” Giles said. “To wake up tomorrow for Christmas…I’m going to start crying…this is just more than enough, this is something I’ll never experience, this is a lifetime for the kids and me.”

Santa surprised the kids — even letting them open a few gifts, like a Spider-Man car.

If you would like to reserve a bottle you can Venmo @Newport-Firefighters. They are $40 each. They go on sale to the public on December 1st New Riff Distilling

  WINTER COAT DRIVE  ❄❄

Newport Firefighters Local 45 greatly need your help & support to keep our community children warm.

We are looking for new or (gentle used and laundered) coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for children ages 5 to 14, but we will gladly accept adult sizes as well.

We will also be accepting monetary donations at the drop off locations or you can VENMO to: @newport-firefighters for us to purchase the much need winter items for the community children.

Please have all donations dropped off by DECEMBER 3RD one of the locations on the flyer.
These winter items will be distributed to the children in Newport Primary School and Newport Intermediate School.

NO CHILD SHOULD BE COLD FOR THE WINTER ~GIVE THE GIFT OF WARMTH~
Please see the Flyer for Drop Off Locations! 🚒❄🚑❄

Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 IAFF is now accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic. Click below for more details!

FF/Paramedic Opening

This year our shopping looked a little different. Our firefighter families gathered to shop for our “Beyond the Call” Program, all while staying safe, wearing our face mask, and sanitizing throughout our shopping adventure.
The firefighter’s “Beyond the Call” Program within our Community Outreach provides the children’s gifts (needs and wants) along with Christmas dinner and additional food for the week. Five (5) less fortunate families in Newport with twenty (20) children will be given a Merry Christmas with a very special delivery from Santa on Christmas Eve. Thank you Target Store Newport for your assistance and efforts in today’s shopping adventure!
A HUGE THANK YOU to our supporters, sponsors, donors, Newport Firefighter families, and everyone else that makes this all possible for us to give back to our community! While the pandemic has changed a lot of aspects of our lives, we do our very best to still find ways to safely give back to our community.

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

 

The members of Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 IAFF Political Action Committee (PAC) would like to announce their endorsement of Gordon Henry for Newport City Commission. When you vote, check the box for Gordon Henry Newport Commission!
A vote for Gordon is a vote for your safety, the safety of your community, and your firefighters.

 

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.

In Solidarity,

Audrey Owczarzak

Secretary & Events Chairman

Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 I.A.F.F.

(859) 466-9944

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/#page=ehrc

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.