Friday, August 13, 2010


In an earlier post, I spoke about a friend of mine who works for an agency which may be dissolved and absorbed by another department. Apparently, that possibility still exists and several other departments in southern California are also at risk of being dissolved.  

Reading headlines throughout the country makes it evident to me that this phenomenon is not unique to So Cal. Nor is it unique to the fire service. I recently came across the following video while visiting a police blog. It really hit home as I listened to it.

Although this is a recording of the last radio transmission of the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department, it might someday be the Kinda Big Fire Protection District or the Medium Sized City F.D. that is being dissolved.

As frustrated as I may get with certain District Commanders or certain Chief Officers, the reality is that I am damn proud of the K.B.F.P.D. and would be devastated if it ceased to exist. Hearing the emotional voices in the video brought it home for me. 

The possibility of my agency being dissolved is very low. That is one advantage of being Kinda Big. I am sure some of the firefighters that wore these patches never thought that their agency would no longer exist either.

Sadly for them, they were wrong.

In these unpredictable economic times, some of our organizations will be forced to make decisions that they never thought they would have to make. Never say never, ya just don't know.

Good luck to the members of the Maywood - Cudahy Police Dept, I truly hope things work out for you.

Thanks for reading,


  1. That's amazing. Made my hair stand on end. Thanks for sharing and good luck to them and your friend if the worst should happen.


  2. I got a lumpy throat listening to that. So, so sad. =(

  3. Dear Captain Schmoe,
    I blogged on this phenomenon. But I didn't count in the emotional content of this video. Thanks for sharing.

    To the townships of Maywood-Cudahy--I pray you do not regret this move. I think you will.

    To the officers of the Maywood-Cudahy PD--bless you all in your continuing efforts to do good.

    Ann T.