Mutual Aid for Memphis

Memphis Firefighters

Memphis firefighters have had their share of struggles throughout the past few years. The economic climate has led to station brownouts and company closures.  Now the City of Memphis is attacking the benefits provided for members and retirees. Over the past few years I have had the privilege of meeting, riding and training with members of Rescue 3 in Memphis and I cannot express to you the commitment they have to protecting their citizens. These members are extremely busy and fight working fires nearly everyday.

Lt. Dan Harris and Clay Short of Memphis Rescue 3.

Lt. Dan Harris and Clay Short of Memphis Rescue 3.

It amazes me to see the latest solutions to the city’s budget problems is to push the financial burden onto the very people that work to protect it. These members have already sacrificed so much for the city and now they are hitting their personal finances. I know of several Memphis firefighters who have had major surgeries and injuries due to the work they perform. These same members have witnessed LODD’s and felt the impact we never want to experience.
Here is a video reporting the issues from Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee
The financial impact of firefighter’s insurance premiums is utterly shocking.

  • Basic Plan Family premiums will rise from $320.05 per month to $921.90; an annual cost of $11,062.80.
  • Premier Plan premiums rise from $334.32 per month to $1,328.19; an annual cost of $15,938.28.

These numbers are hard to fathom and during all of these budget battles the City of Memphis is moving forward with a $66 million dollar mall redevelopment…

So how can you help our brothers to provide mutual aid for Memphis. Share this information with anyone you know in the Memphis area, help educate the public on what is happening to their firefighters and police officers and join the I Have Been Negatively Affected by The City Of Memphis Council Vote!! Facebook page for more information.

About Matt Hinkle

Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.

2 thoughts on “Mutual Aid for Memphis

  1. Our fellowship and brotherhood support of all firefighters is a gift from GOD !
    Thank all of you for you understanding and support.

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