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April 18, 2014 / 18 Nisan, 5774
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On the Job but Not Getting Paid?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I’m very glad Congress and the president decided to make sure the uniformed military will get paid during the government shutdown.  That was the right thing to do.  The move averts a game-of-chicken mistake made in late 1995, when Bill Clinton was dispatching troops to Bosnia while their pay was in jeopardy.

As long as preparations are made beforehand, meanwhile, there’s enough in the trusts to make sure Social Security and veterans’ pension payments go out next month as well as this month. That’s a relief to millions of elderly who can’t just go start harvesting vegetables or sweeping floors if their checks don’t come in.  We can assume Congress will keep a sharp eye out for the potential problems, and make provision for them.

That leaves our Border Patrol, FBI, other federal law enforcement agents, federal firefighters, and air traffic controllers, some of the 80% of federal workers who will remain on the job during the shutdown.  At least some of them are reportedly being required to work without their latest-due paychecks being in the bank, until the government is “open” again.  It’s not fully clear how many or which of these workers are having to show up for work with their pay suspended.  I’ve seen reports that suggest some are being paid; other reports seem to indicate that law enforcement and essential-services people are working without pay (i.e., presumably, pay delayed, not “pay never coming”).

In any case, as happy as I am to see the EPA and other agencies off the job, I’m concerned about morale among the hard-working law enforcement and essential-services folks.  They do a tough job 24/365, and a lot is being asked of them today, and for as long as the shutdown lasts.

We can hope the shutdown will last only a couple of days.  Presumably, Congress will be looking out for these workers, and have a care for the hardships they will face if the shutdown goes longer than that.  (In extremis, much could probably be done, even within the current debt ceiling, through issuing IOUs to the Social Security trust fund.)  As with those in all professions, the younger workers – with kids, mortgage and college-loan payments, living paycheck to paycheck – will be the hardest hit.

If the shutdown does become extended, those who have the means can consider donating to organizations that provide a helping hand to these particular federal workers in their time of need.  Here are some links to get you started:

Federal Law Enforcement Foundation

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Foundation

Wildland Firefighters Foundation

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (especially for non-law enforcement personnel; air traffic controllers are members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, or NATCA, a labor union with some funding for mutual aid, as well as its own charitable foundation)

I (Heart) Public Safety Network (umbrella network coordinating various forms of assistance to public-safety programs, public-safety workers, and their families)

Note:  per the Washington Post summary at the first link, U.S. Postal Service workers should be getting paid on schedule.  Except for its annual requests for bailouts, USPS is “self-funding,” and should last through the shutdown, however long it goes.

Arab Terrorists’ Molotov Cocktails Ignite Forest Fire

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Palestinian Authority Arabs throwing Molotov cocktails at passing Israeli cars in Samaria Thursday ignited a forest fire near the Jewish community of Neve Tzuf, located in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem.

Volunteers quickly arrived on the scene and began to extinguish the blaze to prevent flames from spreading to nearby homes, and firefighters arrived to assist.

No injuries were reported, but heavy damaged was caused to the greenery. Security forces searched for the attackers and found remnants of more Molotov cocktails, but no arrests were made.

A spokesperson for the Binyamin Regional Fire Department told Tazpit News Agency that three teams were required to gain full control of the fire.

 

Fire Destroys Bunkhouse at NY Camp for Kids with Cancer

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

A fire at Camp Simcha, a camp  for children with cancer, destroyed one bunkhouse and damaged a newly built one.

The fire was discovered when a counselor at the camp in Glen Spey, N.Y., woke up early Saturday morning and smelled smoke. The counselors evacuated the 15 residents of the cabin, including one camper in a wheelchair, VIN News reported.

The entire camp then was evacuated to a helicopter landing field near the camp. Several people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters believe the cause of the fire is electrical, VIN reported.

Donors to Chai Lifeline, the organization that sponsors the camp, are sponsoring a visit to a local shopping mall to help the campers in the destroyed bunk replace their personal items, according to the report.

The camp season ends Tuesday.

Massive Fire Near Mitkan Adam

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Eye witness reports say that a massive fire is engulfing the mountain tops near the IDF Mitkan Adam army base.

25 Fire Engine crews are working to put out the blaze and prevent it from spreading to Road 6.

Soldiers are currently being evacuated from the base.

Some people have been reported as lightly injured.

The Eye witness says that the entire sky is lit up red.

Lag B’Omer Fires in UN Compound

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Nine cars caught fire in the UN compound in Jerusalem, according to a report in Times of Israel.

In the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood, firefighting crews battled the fire inside the UN compound that burned up between four to nine cars.

The fire department believes the fires were started by sparks from bonfires in a nearby field.

Firefighters have been battling Lag B’Omer fires all over the country since yesterday.

Firefighters Battling Fires All Over Israel on Lag Baomer

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

The hazy, hot weather caused an outbreak of dozens of fires across Israel Saturday night, and several fires are still raging Sunday morning, the largest of them in the industrial area Afek in Rosh Ha’ayin, 16 miles east of Tel Aviv.

The fire in Rosh Ha’ayin broke out in a multi-story industrial building on Saturday, at about 5 PM, and is still raging. Parts of the building have collapsed, and firefighters fear the collapse of the entire structure. More than 20 firefighter teams from different towns in central Israel are on the site, but are yet to gain control over the blaze.

During the night firefighter teams put out a fire the started with a Lag Baomer bonfire in Moshav Oriya, near Beit Shemesh.

Lag Baomer bonfires the got out of control were the culprit in numerous local fires that raged across Israel overnight. An exceptionally hot weather, coupled with unexpectedly strong winds, turned many festive outings into anxious dramas.

After a fire that broke out near the Buchman neighborhood of Modi’in, police closed down Begin street, on the south side of the city. The reason, according to police – a Lag Baomer bonfire.

A fire in Ben Shemen Forest on Saturday injured a couple in their 50s, who were taken to Tel Hashomer Hospital. An initial police investigation found the fire began as a harmless barbecue.

“They located the barbecue in a grassy area, ignoring safety guidelines,” a JNF inspector reported. “Soon sparks flew into the grass and the fire began to spread.”

“The husband tried to put out the fire by stepping on it with his feet, but the flames quickly took clothes and he sustained light to medium burns. His wife removed some of her clothes in an attempt to extinguish the flames on her husband, and suffered from smoke inhalation. A fire watchman alerted JNF and Firefighter forces,” the inspector added.

Two fires were reported in the Ministry of Agriculture’s Vulcan Institute in Rishon Letzion. Several fires were ignited in the Kinneret area and on the Golan heights. Airplanes were used to fight the fires there.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/firefighters-battling-fires-all-over-israel-on-lag-baomer/2013/04/28/

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