Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Back to our regularly scheduled program

For those of you that think me and others who are criticizing the failure of the hurricane relief for political reasons instead of the intent of wanting to do what we can to help those in need, take a look at what the administration and FEMA is doing. Tell me they are not only thinking of saving themselves after this pathetic and life destroying failure.

Please read this article from yesterday’s Salt Lake Tribune.

This is totally fucked up.

Instead of using these firemen and women who are search-and-rescue certified, paramedics, and haz-mat certified for emergency worker duties, FEMA has them doing fucking PR work. The PR work involves basically handing out a flyer with FEMA’s number on it.

What in the Hell?!! How completely incompetent are you people over there? Who the hell is running things at FEMA and came up with this brilliant plan? Talk about a completely misuse of a very valuable group of resource.

When the firefighters began to complain that they are not being utilized to the best of their skills, FEMA has the gall to say this.

“I would go back and ask the firefighter to revisit his commitment to FEMA, to firefighting and to the citizens of this country," said FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak

Are you fucking kidding me? First of all, they have no commitments to FEMA. They do however, have commitments to firefighting and the citizens of this country that you are not allowing them to fulfill. They are here to help people. Not to be your damn PR zombies.

How the hell can you people even be thinking about PR in a time like this? Emergency crews are still needed. People are still missing and there is still hope to find them. Why in the hell are you using our best people/hope of finding the people still missing for PR and handling out fliers?!!

Damn you people! Can't you stop thinking about yourselves for even a second?

This is a clear indication that the mentality of the administration and its agencies has changed their purpose. No longer is their main purpose to serve the people. Clearly, the administration and its agency’s mentality is public relations machine first, and helping others second.

I think this paragraph from the article sums things up quite nicely.

“But as specific orders began arriving to the firefighters in Atlanta, a team of 50 Monday morning quickly was ushered onto a flight headed for Louisiana. The crew's first assignment: to stand beside President Bush as he tours devastated areas.”

Human backdrops. Now that’s a good use of our skilled fire and rescue personnel.

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