Six Flags Great Adventure eliminates internal, union fire department

Posted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:12 PM | Contributed by Rick_UK

That association changed two weeks ago, when Six Flags park management disbanded its fire department as part of a restructuring plan. The seven firefighters — two of whom were full time — were fired, and replaced. Now the park's revised safety division will conduct the duties formerly performed by the fire department. Meanwhile, local firefighters are crying foul about the development, claiming the restructuring is nothing more than a move to rid the last vestiges of the firemen's union.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 9:56 PM
Fun's avatar

I don't see how this is a big deal really. How many other seasonal amusement parks have a year round fire department?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 10:44 PM
rollergator's avatar

^How many parks have had patrons die in a major haunted house fire?

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Thursday, October 7, 2010 12:17 AM
LostKause's avatar

But that was so long ago. Didn't you hear? They are under new management now. :p

Thursday, October 7, 2010 9:04 AM
Tekwardo's avatar

"Since we operate only eight months out of the year, a seasonal operation will be more efficient," Aristone said. "We'll continue to have the same level of fire protection coverage during our operating season as we've had in the past."

They're simply getting rid of a unionized fire department and rolling the responsibilities into another division. Wow, and they're saving money. Such a terrible company, and we're all so unsafe.

Last edited by Tekwardo, Thursday, October 7, 2010 9:05 AM

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 12:22 PM

Business Wise it's a good move. though given the fact he closest Fire department is 14 miles away. I hop the 2 safety inspectors are willing to train first responders in case there is a problem.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 12:37 PM

Obviously a cost cutting move, and getting rid of the union is an effect of the decision. The number 1 priority for them was probably money though, not busting a union...although those two things always seem to go hand in hand.

Given the size of the park and the fact that the next station is that far away, it's also a bit of a risk. Sprinkler systems and such will go a long way to help, but there's always that chance that something could happen.

Doesn't Cedar Point have a small first responder unit? I know they are backed up by local FD, but aren't they to blame for putting out the fire at Mean Streak before it burned completely to the ground?...notice I said to blame.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 1:38 PM
Kick The Sky's avatar

D - It was funny until you pointed out your own joke...

Certain victory.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 1:55 PM
rollergator's avatar

So I guess we can hope that RT has a similar "incident", only with better results? ;)

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Thursday, October 7, 2010 3:04 PM

Man, reading the comments to that article makes me think that Snooky and her crew really aren't caricatures of Jerseyites at all! It's true there was a fatal fire at the park years ago, but wasn't the unionized FD in place when that happened?

Does not having a full-time fire department in the park really frighten you that much? Then you better stay away from every operating park in PA, or at least map out the route the local volunteers will take to get a truck to and through the park to any possible fire site.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 3:56 PM

I'd be interested in seeing how many calls they actually responded to and had to act on last 2 season. I know there was a hell of a big car fire last year in the parking lot at the end of September. I know they also do all the fire inspections at the park as well. Will be interesting.



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