Three months after eight captain slots were downgraded to firefighter, there is no protocol for staffing in place, but work still goes on every day. The SOP's were being written by former water czar Michael Sligar who was brought in due to an inability or unwillingness of existing management to do it.
The issue is largely out of sight and out of mind for City Council and I don't hear much public chatter on it as well.
The demotions were an effort to deal with what was deterrmined to be top heavy management, but so far the City seems far from it's central goal of stripping minimum manning language from the CBA.
Meanwhile the eight former captains are the only ones in this saga making less money as the City saves roughly $100K a year.
Another twist has surfaced as we hear the NYS DOH has informed the city its policy of not going to medical calls because there is not a captain to supervise, places the city at risk if something goes awry. City Hall has been clamoring for fewer responses to medical calls, particularly ones that turn out to be minor.