Laid-off Firefighters Want to be Rehired (Tijuana Press, 1/10/13 by Daniel Angel/Leonardo Ortiz)

Tijuana, BC - Seven firefighters continued with their demands in court to get the Trade Union to rehire them. They were denied, but continue to insist. According to the director of the Fire Department, Carlos Martínez indicated there are already talks between the Union and the Mayor to grant more firefighters positions by law. He said they should come under the payroll as part of the municipal collective labor agreement, but he didn't know the amount.

During the delivery of new uniforms, the leader of the syndicate, Martín Plascencia, told firefighters that soon there will be a response to their demands, but he did not speak much on the topic. The conflict arose between the Government of the city and firefighters when demanding the added job positions after a group of around 30 manifested themselves at the municipal Palace to claim them following the dismissal of their colleagues.

The City Government then said if they wanted to continue with a lawsuit against the City Council, they would be out of work, and described as "stringent" their demands of benefits for their employee trust employee base. Carlos Martínez, director of the fire brigade, said that in theory the city must have one firefighter per 500,000 inhabitants, and today there are only 350 for little more than 2 million citizens.

Uniforms Delivered to Firefighters (Tijuana Press, 1/10/13 by Daniel Angel/Leonardo Ortiz)

Tijuana, BC - Finally the City Government handed over new uniforms to the city's 350 firefighters to do their jobs with greater security. The purchase of uniforms for 21 million pesos ($ 1.7 million US) was authorized in August 2012. During the delivery authorities said the delay was because they were made to measure.

Each suit according to the official information, consists of one jacket, trousers, boots, helmet, scuba equipment and gloves. During the delivery, municipal authorities said the order by the city of Tijuana was among the largest received by the company and are of the latest technology. They assured that the uniform allows greater mobility, as well as being lighter and more secure, and has a rescue hook in case of entrapment during an intervention.

According to the director of the city's fire brigade, it has been three years firefighters did not have new uniforms. The used items will be given to surrounding volunteers. Many of the uniforms in use before arrived as discards from California fire departments, said the authorities.


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