The sensational headline seems to say it all, causing many Fire Law readers to forward the story to me asking the same question: How can a judge do that? Who does she think she is? Will this apply to us in New Jersey? Has she lost her mind?
The truth is actually quite boring and hardly newsworthy: Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Freed ruled that if a firefighters’ union has an agreement with the city in which the city AGREES to not use apparatus older than 10 years old, and an arbitrator concludes that the provision is valid and should be enforced – THEN THE CITY HAS TO ABIDE BY ITS AGREEMENT.
So in other words, instead of sensational headlines like “The ‘rig’ is up for Bravest: Judge orders 10-yr.-old firetrucks out of fleet” it should have read: “Judge Orders City to Abide By Its Agreement.” Or perhaps even more mundane: “Judge affirms arbitrator”.
Not too much of a story there… is there….
And seriously – someone is actually disputing the following quote: “responding to any emergency with faulty equipment is decidedly a more dangerous proposition.”
Move along… no story here…