|Brothers and Sisters,
As you are all aware, we have spent a considerable amount of resources and energy to bring the CPAT test to San Francisco. This is a nationwide exam developed by IAFF and the Justice Department to test the entrance level physical abilities of applicants.
Our Brothers and Sisters that took the test felt that it was a valid test related to the actual tasks of being a San Francisco Firefighter.
For those who speak ill of this physical ability test, they should put aside their own agendas, and look at the facts. This is a job-related test and far superior to the one currently given to candidates. Make no mistake about it, this was not done to negatively impact any group or to create any unfair obstacles for those interested in entering the Fire Department. This was done to improve the standard of our
|Firefighters and all of our safety. Our support of the CPAT is driven by our commitment to provide a safe workplace for all of our Brothers and Sisters.
Thank you to Steve Engler and Mark Hayes for an excellent job of organizing the CPAT demonstration in San Francisco.
In regards to the contract Our initial meeting regarding the new contract will be on April 11. More details will follow at monthly membership meetings, as we move through the negotiation process.
On another note, the St. Patricks Day Parade was a great success. I am sure that you will see by all of the smiles on the following pages that it was a lot of fun. Thanks to Dan Terry and to CPF for arranging the bagpipers for all of our entertainment.
Local 798 was also a part of the first annual Cesar Chavez Parade. Thanks to the Union firefighters who came in an off-duty capacity to march. A special thanks to Engine 16, Truck 5, Medic 13, and the Lion Dance Team from the Asian Firefighters Association. It was a beautiful day and a great time!
At this time, please keep the Groshong Family in your thoughts and prayers. They have been in the SF Fire Department for generations.
So, for now, keep the faith high and the lights down low!
John Hanley, President
Firefighters Local 798