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May 22, 2019
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FF-P John Martinez Shift Coverage

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that we let you know that brother John Martinez’s son Rico went into cardiac arrest yesterday. Responding EMS resuscitated him and transported. Unfortunately, he is currently on life support. They are waiting for family to arrive to say their goodbyes. Local 21 has gotten approval to cover Firefighter Martinez’s shifts starting this Friday, all ranks and medical classifications (Pending Deputy approval) can work shifts. There is a sign up on the L21 website. All slots are filled at this time. Thank You.


L-21 Officers

Chief McDonough Retirement Flyer

Bid Cycle 343 Revised

To All Fire Personnel,

Lateral transfer bulletin 343 has been extended and will close on May 28th.  The Firefighter Rescue Squad positions on the Lateral Transfer will also close on May 28th, and all bids for that position must be submitted within the timeframe outlined. The Captain position of Rescue Squad 3 will not be posted until Lateral Transfer Bulletin 345.  Fire Administration and Local 21, through a labor-management process and grievance settlement, mutually agree to allow Deputy Chief Sampson the opportunity to return to his position as Captain of Rescue Squad 3 until August 1st.  Once Later Transfer bulletin 345 expires, and Deputy Chief Sampson chooses not to return to his previously held position, the Captain vacancy on SQ3  will be filled from the pool of candidates that followed the bidding process.  Fire Administration also recognizes that Rescue Squad openings will follow the same bid process as other openings that are outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 


Butch Inks
Fire Chief
Dave Hafner Retirement Event

MDA Summer Camp

June 11th and 18th is the MDA Summer Camp.  Those who have been to the MDA's summer camp in the past have seen how much it means to the campers that we come out and help make it a one-of-a-kind experience.  It doesn't matter if you can come out for a whole day or just a few hours, your participation will make someone's day more memorable.  Last year we had a fantastic turnout, let's do the same this year. 

2019 Saint Paul Firefighters MDA Golf Classic


Brothers and Sisters,

We have two upcoming events to support the MDA.  June 11th and 18th is the MDA Summer Camp.  Those who have been to the MDA's summer camp in the past have seen how much it means to the campers that we come out and help make it a one-of-a-kind experience.  It doesn't matter if you can come out for a whole day or just a few hours, your participation will make someone's day more memorable.  Last year we had a fantastic turnout, let's do the same this year.

Secondly, the Third Annual Fill the Boot Golf Classic will be held July 22nd at Highland Golf National Golf Course.  The golf tournament has raised more than $10,000 each year and played no small part in our Local raising more money than any other local in the 5th District during 2018!  We sold out the tournament last year, so, if you want to be sure that you can participate, I strongly encourage registering early. 

This year marks 65 years of partnership between the IAFF and MDA.  The IAFF has donated over 500 million to the MDA in that time.  Since 2015, 6 new drugs that treat neuromuscular diseases have been approved by the FDA.  New treatments are having dramatic impacts on the lives of those afflicted with muscular diseases. These advances, and those to come, are made possible because of the work we do.  Thank you to all of those who have already volunteered your time this year and to those who will do so in the future.

Please reach out to me with any questions.

Samuel Severtsgaard
IAFF Local 21 MDA Coordinator

Download: 2019 L-21 MDA Golf Classic Registration Form.pdf
Letter Regarding Paramedic/EMT OT
Fire Chief Inks,

I'm submitting this letter to you today on behalf of all the dedicated men and women of the Saint Paul Fire Department. This appeal is a request for your Administration to reverse the policy of hiring overtime and how it is negatively impacting the Paramedic workforce. The practice of only ordering a FF/EMT and bypassing all FF/Paramedics before all EMT options are exhausted is not worth the negative impact this has had on morale.

In a perfect vacuum we can see how this practice could potentially save the Fire Department $100,000/year in a $70 million budget. However, after several weeks it is very obvious that this is not working the way it was intended. For example, today we were looking for 4 FF/EMTs preordered for Tuesday. Overtime callers bypassed 20 qualified firefighters that maintain a Paramedic designation. 20 firefighters were not given an equal opportunity to work because they are qualified beyond an EMT designation. This is upsetting to the Local 21 Membership and all members of the Executive Board are fielding multiple phone calls/emails/complaints on a daily basis. This is a substantial blow to ALL of the men and women that make up the Saint Paul Fire Department. The savings don't add up.

For example, take a 5 Year FF/EMT versus a 5 Year FF/Paramedic difference in pay. The Fire Department saves $52.80 in a 24 hour shift. However, both Fire Administration and Union Leadership know that we are not able to fill all of the overtime spots daily with just ordering EMTs. Therefore the projected savings are unlikely to add up to $100,000 and at the cost of substantially damaging morale. We believe going back to the seniority based method of hiring OT is a minimal price to pay in effort to salvage a rapidly diminishing morale. It is also more fair and equitable.

When have we ever bypassed and not given an equal opportunity to an entire group even if they are qualified to work? Is your Administration willing to hang their hats on a hypothetical cost savings of 0.1% in a $70 million budget at the costly expense of support and buy-in from the Membership?

I'm optimistic that you see this as an opportunity where our feedback and pulse of the Membership is of value to you. We are asking you to reconsider your policy and revert overtime hiring to the way it was before.


Local 21 Chair Officers
Vivie’s Fun Run

Vivie’s Fun Run around Lake Como on May 19!

For more information and for registration, please go to: and click on the “Register Here” link

Please contact Steve Sampson with any questions. 952-913-6146

2019 Twins Day

2019 Cinco De Mayo Parade

Fire Department is #18 / Line up on Humboldt between George and Stevens on the right curb

Large Units & Floats & Vehicles will be expected to check-in between 7AM & 8:30AM. 

Walking Units will be expected to check in between 8AM & 9AM. 

Parade begins at 9:30 AM.

All units will have a space to line up. Unit numbers will be painted on the street (with chalk) which will be your designated area to line up. Units will line up on both sides of the street, and we must keep the middle of the street open for emergency vehicles and traffic for units in the parade, making their way to their line-up area. Please assist in keeping your participants as close to the curb as possible. Parade will begin promptly at 9:30 AM.


Novelty Distribution (candy) – Must be HANDED out, NOT THROWN
All items must be HANDED and NOT THROWN.  This is to ensure the safety of those watching the parade.

**IMPORTANT** PLEASE MAINTAIN A STEADY FORWARD PACE THROUGHOUT THE PARADE.  Your assistance with closing any gaps immediately is very much appreciated! 

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions.  

Joaquin Rosales, SPFD - SQ1- A

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