Rob Ford blows off criticism of campaign fire truck

Truck with words ''Saving the taxpayers from getting burned'' at Ford party Thursday

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is dismissing criticism from the head of the city's fire fighters' union over a prop at his campaign party.

One of the biggest features of Ford's kick-off at the Toronto Congress Centre Thursday night, was a de-commissioned Ford Motors fire truck, festooned with messages like "Saved the Taxpayers a Billion Dollars and "Saving the taxpayers from getting burned".

The truck was bought by the mayor's brother Randy Ford at auction.

Ed Kennedy, President of the Toronto Fire Fighters' Association called the moved "utterly tasteless" and
"a slap in the face" to Torontonians as four fire trucks are taken out of service on Monday. The trucks along with 84 front-line firefighters were trimmed in this year's budget. The spending plan added fire prevention officers.

But on Saturday, Rob Ford blew off any notion of controversy.

"I support the front-line fire fighters like no other mayor ever has", Ford told reporters at a recycling event for household electronics and and propane tanks. "We've done more for the fire fighters than any mayor ever has", pointing to the opening of new stations and the purchase of new suits.

Kennedy contends that pulling back the number of fire trucks on the road will mean longer response times.  

Toronto's Fire Chief expect the impact to be minimal and has said the staffing shrinkage will be reached through attrition.

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  1. Alex posted on 04/19/2014 02:26 PM
    Rob Ford is trying to make this mayor race out to be only between Chow and himself.
    Then he could play the right vs left card. Part of the strategy is to pretend John Tory is not a contender. The reason is because character becomes the yardstick for who get elected.

    I urge all conservative voters to put a stop to the damage Ford and his brother have done to this city and its reputation.

    Rob Ford needs us (to survive his political future) but we and the citizens of Toronto do not need him.

    Thanks to all of you.
    1. Mark7 posted on 04/21/2014 01:13 PM
      @Alex ". The reason is because character becomes the yardstick for who get elected."

      That is exactly why Ford has a core support of voters who will stay with him. His character on the job is impeccable. We do not give a damn about his private life. That is his business, not yours, not The Tabloid Star's, not anyone else's.
  2. don was right posted on 04/19/2014 11:12 PM
    If the fire guys cared at all about toronoto fire safety they would take a 10 pct pay cut each year fo rteh next 5 years. so that there need be no staff and truck cutbacks. But no. Its all about their greed. Their need. Fire the bunch and contract it out like garbage collection.Ford more years shoudl solv etheir little problem.

    1. arthur posted on 04/20/2014 12:56 AM
      @don was right I hope the firemen take longer to get to your house if you need them with goof comments like yours. what a goof! must be a Ford supporter
    2. Mark7 posted on 04/21/2014 01:20 PM
      @arthur You use the word goof? You must be an ex inmate. Get a life!
  3. Doug Ford posted on 04/20/2014 09:20 AM
    All unions members need to STFU! Toronto hates unions, Rob and I are going to privative everything, including the fire dept., when I'm reelected...oops, I meant when Rob is reelected. Even union members hate being union members so we're going to solve that problem, fast.

    As to that cute little fire truck, blame Randy, our stupid baby brother. We told him we needed to make the hosers happy and brought beer...dumb ass brought a real hose. Just our way to tell Toronto voters that we think they're idiots and will vote us back into power.

    Rob, Ben Johnson, the Trailer Park Trash, and I would like to wish Toronto a very Happy Easter, those that don't support this Christian holiday and stick it up their butts...but you're voting for us anyway.

    We're off to the Beach to "watch" the Easter parade. See you there, bring the bunnies so we can eat our honeys.
    1. Mark7 posted on 04/20/2014 09:39 AM
    2. Mark7 posted on 04/21/2014 01:24 PM
      @Doug Ford You are one of the slow thinkers who call voters of Rob "trailer trash" Please give me the address of ONE trailer park in Toronto. Your Toronto must not be in the same locale as mine. Possibly a Toronto of another country? Some peoples' children...duh!
    3. Mark7 posted on 04/21/2014 01:26 PM
      @Mark7 Thank you to my adoring alias whose world I must rock. Ford more years, I could not agree more!
  4. Fact Provider posted on 04/20/2014 09:47 AM
    This whole fire truck episode had nothing to do with the Ford brothers not caring about the "regular folks"(although they don't, of course).
    It actually illustrates the fact that neither Doug nor Rob even figured out that it would be taken as an insult ... they are just simply too stupid to realize it.
    Toronto can't afford another minute of these bums, let alone another 4 years of Rob.
    1. Mark7 posted on 04/21/2014 01:28 PM
      @Fact Provider We cannot afford another leftie in power, ever.
    2. mii posted on 04/22/2014 08:07 PM
      @Fact Provider The more you bring it up, the more it shows what a genius marketing tool it is for Ford. Thank you - keep it up. Saving the tax payer from being burned - pure brilliance!
  5. franklin posted on 04/20/2014 12:31 PM
    Pulling off extra trucks will not extend times one second. As everyone who has watched the fire dept. knows, the first truck investigates while the rest stagger to the scene and wait. The public is fed up with a complaining service so lax its workers are on 24-hour shift, as job demands are very limited.

    Excess trucks, nuisance noise, and very few fires in a city of two million people. And until very recently, these trucks didn't even have defibrillators but sent firefighters, armed with only a rudimentary first aid course, to heart attacks. Send expert emergency staff with defibrillators! The public wants better management and deployment of emergency services, inside a logical framework.

    The public does not want doctors, nurses, police or firefighters working beyond eight hour shifts. We pay a small fortune for these folks and expect rested workers, not part-time careerists who shoehorn in odd extended shifts for a few days per month, then collect full pay. No thank you.
    1. Doug Ford posted on 04/20/2014 03:36 PM
      @franklin As a member of Ford Nation you get it. Waste, gravy train, being on call during weird hours with 24 hour 10 day shifts, everybody knows that fires start only during working hours. And don't forget those Cadillac pensions after only 20 years...we want to see 65 year old firemen (and women) climb those ladders and rescue people. They need to earn that money over 45 years like the common people.

      Rob is a loyal supporter of front line firemen, but only those that hate their union, want a 50% pay cut, and no early retirement before they're 67. Many have told him that they want to donate half their pay to charity, work only 8 hour shifts capped at 40 hours per week, and want their jobs privatized.

      Rob will do all of that and more when you reelect him, as his brother I will tell him exactly what to do...Randy has offered to donate that cute little truck to the city to provide extra protection for the whiners and complainers.

      Folks, I promise you that Rob will do that and more. Wait times will increase for those that don't vote for him...Olivia Chow's house can burn down for all we care, NDP and Liberal supporters will know the meaning having o wait for EMS, police, and fire services. Vote for Rob of watch your houses burn as we like to say at The Steak Queen...use that bumbaclot to smother fires, it may be the only thing you have until you vote for Ford Nation candidates.
    2. Mark7 posted on 04/20/2014 03:37 PM
    3. Etobi-COKE Voter posted on 04/21/2014 12:22 PM
      @Mark7 The Mayor's donor lists say it all about the man

      2003 - $750 from the House of Lancaster - yeah Robbie supports the front line strippers

      2006 - $750 from the House of Lancaster - great family entertainment for all Etobicoke "businessmen"

      2010 - $1000 from a prominent name in the garbage business
      Says it all
    4. Mark7 posted on 04/21/2014 01:30 PM
      @Etobi-COKE Voter They are legal businesses so what is your point? Do you even have a valid one?
  6. justsaying posted on 04/21/2014 10:05 AM
    Another tactical blunder by the Ford Re-Election Team. Rob lies. Constantly. And blames others for his lies, Spins his lies like an amateur and comes out looking unprepared, unaware, oblivious, reckless, and foolish.

    The people in this city with IQ's over 55 will voted out the clown. Oh and holding a campaign rally for a Toronto Mayor outside the boundaries of the GTA shows commitment to the city. Go hold a rally in Milton! Better yet, run for mayor there - we are done with you here!
  7. Peter posted on 04/22/2014 09:47 AM
    Ed Kennedy, President of the Toronto Fire Fighters' Association probably feels better about Rob Ford after 24 hours. No doubt, today Ed has had time to think and regret his comments.

    I expect that Ed Kennedy will probably give an apology to Mayor Ford has Rob Ford
    has done more for the fire fighters than any mayor ever has. Surely the Fire Fighters' Association wouldn't bite the hand that feeds it.
    It was probably a knee jerk reaction or some pressure from Ed Kennedy's peers that made him lash out. I know that he is a better man than that.

    Good going Mayor Ford.

    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/23/2014 09:36 AM
      @Peter Yeah- fat chance that's going to take place. Ford has to apologize for everything literally under the sun. Others who blunder are slow to apologize.
      FORD MORE YEARS! And man, does he know how to throw a party or what. I think Ford has another calling after his mayor
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