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Username: Spence

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 03:27 pm:   

I don't know if this is possible, but having an inquisitive 7 year old, really makes one start to notice everyday things - as they get pointed out in the form of a question...can you provide some gentle reminders to city employees about setting an example?

Here is a small sample of some of the many questions I have been getting lately, and I thought you may like to help me answer them...

"Why is that fireman chewing tobacco? Doesn't he know it is bad for him?" This was asked after being a city event where the Fire Department was at, and driving past an accident on Preston.

"Why is that police lady smoking in her car? Doesn't she know that smoking is bad?" This was asked while stopped at a Frisco intersection, next to a Frisco PD car.

While I know smoking/chewing is an individualís personal choice - does the city not have conduct standards in place as to what an employee can or cannot do on the job? While I truly believe the people of Frisco's PD and FD have hard jobs and they have my utmost respect, they do need to realize that Frisco's youth look up to them - and the incidents do not set a good example.

On a related note, last Thursday I watched a Frisco Parks department truck with a trailer on back, run a yellow/red light while going south on Hillcrest at the College intersection.

Last night around 5:45 as my wife and I were out walking, we watched a Frisco PD car fly down College going west. The car did not have any lights or sirens on, but was driving at very excessive speeds. Is this permitted? If an officer is driving fast to an emergency, do they not have to have their lights flashing?

Thank you for your time.

Mack Borchardt, Fire Chief
Username: Mack_borchardt

Post Number: 19
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 08:17 am:   

Dear Sir,

to your child I would like to say:

The Firefighters in Frisco, and I know the Police Officers also; do want to be a good example to All, especially our younger Citizens and Visitors. That is, in fact, a very important part of what we cherish about our jobs. Sometimes however, we are reminded in the most humbling ways that we could do better. For those reminders we are also grateful, this time especially to you, as you asked these very important questions of your parents. Your parents are exactly the right place to go for answers to these types of questions.

I grew up in an era when smoking was prevalent and like many of my friends began to smoke, probably out of curiosity and the desire to "fit in". I was warned by my parents and teachers not to smoke but still became addicted to the cigarettes just as they said I might. Soon I regretted the decision to smoke but I found that I couldn't make myself quit. This went on for a long time until about 7 years ago, and fortunately at that time, I was able to quit smoking. I have been very grateful each and every day that I was able to give up that very bad habit.

I would like for you to know that many of our firefighters who use tobacco have been trying several different methods to help them quit their tobacco habit. Several have been able to quit and others keep trying options supported by our City through various programs. Others aren't having as good of results as they would like. I hope that like me, sometime they will finally be able to quit. I have no doubt many of our Police Officers who use tobacco are doing the same thing. Many, many of our Police Officers and Firefighters do not use any type of tobacco products and are glad they don't.

With regards to driving, we all know to obey the law and be careful. Firefighters and Police Officers know to use the sirens and warning lights when needed for safety. While we need to be reminded sometimes; we like it much better when that reminder comes from our bosses because, again, we value the trust and respect of our Community and don't want to let you down.

Our friends in the Parks and Public Works Departments are oftentimes working on busy roadways and appreciate others obeying the law. It has been my experience that they share our desire to serve and be good examples. I think they will probably take your questions very seriously too.

Would you also let your parents know that many of the things we have discussed are regulated in various ways? Those regulations are enforced, but no doubt, may need to be reviewed.

Thanks go to my good friend Police Chief Todd Renshaw for allowing me the opportunity to answer your questions. If you have further questions of him he may be reached at 972-335-5502. My phone number is listed below. Please feel free to contact either of us at any time.

In summary I would like to say that all of us at the City of Frisco wish to "do it right" and offer our sincere apologies when we fall short. Your taking the time to ask these important questions of your parents is greatly appreciated by us. To your Dad, we also offer our apologies for the times we fell short and our thanks for allowing us the opportunity to hear your questions.

Thank you,
Mack Borchardt
Frisco Fire Chief
Frisco, Texas 75034

(Message edited by admin on May 02, 2006)

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