The burden of filling overtime and the possibility of having mandatory overtime has increased recently. In October and November, there are numerous OT shifts that will need to be covered. In the Labor/Mgmt meeting today, we agreed to call out the overtime sooner for ease of scheduling and to reduce the possibility of mandatory overtime on short term notice. From now until the end of the year, the following changes will occur:
1) Long-term Overtime, when known, will be called out a rotation in advance:
Rotation 1: B shift works October 10th, 12th, and 14th (M-W-F).
Rotation 2: B shift works October 19th, 21st, and 23rd (W-F-Su)
Overtime for 19th (the first shift of Rotation 2 listed above) will be called out after B-shift's first shift of their current rotation (Rotation 1 listed above) on the 11th. Overtime for the 21st will be called on the 13th. Overtime for the 23rd will be called on the 15th... and so on.
2) Long-term Overtime call-outs done in advance (after the transition period listed below) will be conducted starting at 1900 hrs (instead of 0800 hrs) to alleviate the burden in the Communications Center during the day.
3) In order to make the transition, we will need to call out some OT all at once to catch up.
- A-Shift OT for the days of 9/30, 10/2, and 10/7 will be called out on 9/29/16.
- B-Shift OT for the days of 10/1, 10/3, and 10/5 will be called out on 9/27/16 (tomorrow).
- C-Shift OT for the days of 9/29, 10/4, and 10/6 will be called out on 9/28/16.
In other words, all long term OT from 9/29 through 10/7 will be called out in the next three days. This will complete the transition. Timing for calling out OT will then occur the rotation before. Overtime generated on short notice by sick leave will be called out according to policy.
Again, the idea is to reduce the chance and the burden of having mandatory overtime. If mandatory overtime is required, it is easier to schedule around if advanced notice is given. A draft policy on mandatory overtime has been in the works for a while and is now being given preference considering our current situation.
If you plan on canceling vacation leave, please take into consideration the new call out schedule so that someone doesn't plan on working OT and have it canceled with short notice.
Lastly, with the amount of injuries and military leave, we should all try to do our part to help out. Many of our lives are very busy outside of the fire department. But please consider doing what you can to help ease the burden on your fellow brothers and sisters.
Seventeen years ago, the Lee's Summit Fire Department suffered its only line-of-duty death. On July 15th, 1999, Bryan C. Pottberg died while conducting underwater dive rescue training at Lakewood Lake. Bryan is remembered for his dedication to the fire service and a personality that went unmatched. Bryan was a friend to many and his death took a lasting toll on family, friends, and the fire service.
Memories of Bryan have been kept alive by family and friends, the City of Lee's Summit, and the IAFF Local 2195. The Bryan Pottberg Memorial Park, in north Lee's Summit, is a wonderful place for families to visit with its sheltered picnic area and firefighter themed playground. The Lee's Summit Fire Department Station 7 houses the department's training facility that was dedicated to Bryan upon its opening in March 2007.The Lee's Summit Fire Fighter Charities hosts the annual Bryan C. Pottberg Memorial Golf Tournament that provides scholarships to area high school seniors pursuing a career in public safety. Bryan has also been memorialized at the Missouri Fire Fighter's Memorial in Kingdom City and the National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Wall in Colorado Springs, CO.
Fire Ops 101 wrapped up May 15th at Fire Station 7. The program was co-sponsored by Local 2195 and the Lee's Summit Fire Department. Thank you to all who participated to make this year another success. Click here to view some pictures.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Lee's Summit Fire Fighter Charities (LSFFC) and the Lee's Summit Fire Department are hoping to do their part. Members of Local 2195 have purchased Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts to be worn on-duty at the LSFD. And the LSFD and Local 2195 will be participating in several events within the community to help raise awareness. Proceeds from fundraising will be donated locally to families dealing with cancer.
Member of Local 2195 will once again participate in the KC Memorial Stair Climb. On September 11th, 2016, 343 firefighters will climb 110 floors in downtown KC to memorialize the firefighters who died in the World Trade Center attacks. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (SAFE) that provides immediate financial assistance to local families of police officers, fire fighters, or emergency services personnel who die in the line of duty. We are proud to have had good representation from the membership of Local 2195 in past years and are looking forward to the climbing again in 2016.
Visit the Photo Gallery for pictures of last year's event.
Each year, proceeds from the Bryan C. Pottberg Memorial Golf Tournament are awarded to high school seniors seeking a career in public service. Congratulations to the recipients for the 2014-15 school year:
- Aaron Hagan from Lee's Summit High School
- Madison Cronley from Lee's Summit North HS
- Zayne Gardner from Lee's Summit West
- Morgan Parsons from Fort Osage High School (pictured)
Local 2195 has been pleased over the years to make these $1000 scholarships to deserving students who will go on to make a positive difference in service to others.
Political Action Committee
Fire Fighters for Progress
The Local has established a Political Action Committee also known as a PAC fund. The PAC gives our members the ability to contribute financially to political causes and candidates that support our Local. Many have asked why a PAC is necessary and wonder how funds are spent. For the answers to those questions and more, Local members can click here.
Are you prepared for retirement?
The International Association of Fire Fighters Financial Corporation (IAFF-FC) has teamed up with Nationwide Retirement Solutions (Nationwide) as the preferred administrative services provider for its members who participate in the FrontLine Deferred Compensation Plan. Nationwide has been helping public sector employees invest for retirement for more than 30 years.
How does deferred compensation work? Why should you be investing in the Frontline Deferred Compensation Plan? How much should you invest? For the answers to these questions and more, click here. If you are not investing now, you are losing precious time to build the retirement you deserve. Discuss this with fire fighters at your station and see who needs help getting started. For specific questions, contact our local representative, Wade Sundermann.