Clapp Communications works with Baltimore City’s International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 734 on a variety of community relations projects, media relations and strategy related to the pension battle, fire suppression schedule, fire house closings and members’ pay.
Public Awareness Campaign: Educate and Engage City Residents on Issues Affecting Their Neighborhoods
Baltimore City Fire Chief James Clack recommended the closure of Trucks 10, 15 and Squad 11. Clapp Communications organized community meetings, created petitions and reached out to media to spread information about the impact these stations have on Baltimore residents’ safety.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake reversed direction Tuesday on a plan to close a West Baltimore fire company after months of protest from community members and fire unions.
West Baltimore's Truck 10, which city officials had planned to close this month, will be kept open at least through June 30, administration officials said.
Clapp Communications organized community meetings around the City for residents to hear IAFF President Rick Hoffman address how their neighborhoods would be affected by the proposal of a new truck schedule and how they could affect change. More than 50 community advocates and leaders were in attendance.
Fire Chief James S. Clack is considering moving a West Baltimore fire company across town this summer to alleviate the strain on East Baltimore units after two fire companies closed there last year.
Clack said the plan, which has not been finalized and must be reviewed by the City Council, is an attempt to respond to a spike in calls to east-side companies — some have seen jumps of more than 50 percent — since East Baltimore's Truck 15 and Southeast Baltimore's Squad 11 were closed last summer.
Firefighters union president Rick Hoffman and fire officers union president Mike Campbell both said the new plan bears out their warnings last year that the closures would endanger city residents and that the Fire Department has too few resources to cover the entire city.
- As of August 2013, no additional fire companies have been moved or closed.
- As of August 2013, firefighters received a significant pay increase and the Mayor praised the union president, Rick Hoffman