New interim Menlo Park fire chief appointed
Original post made on Sep 5, 2013
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on Sep 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm
I think it is great to see another temp. fire chief being appointed to lead MPFD while its longtime chief is mending from an off-duty injury. I am so sorry for injured Chief Schapelhouman. My question is: If another firefighter under Chief Schapelhouman was severely injured as he was OFF DUTY, would Chief Schapelhouman allow that firefighter to stay on the FD as he (Schapelhouman) thinks he should be allowed to? This is from a purely business point of view?
The Police and Fire service usually do NOT make exceptions for their members who are severely injured and disabled from off duty injuries because that particular job requires its personnel to be very "able-bodied" in that line of work. They are retired from service to continue their rehab.
on Sep 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm
Chief Schapelhouman should retire. His injury as written in the papers is severe. MPFPD needs a permanent chief. I am sure Chief Schapelhouman has put in more than 30 years of service. What is this costing the taxpayer to have two chiefs- one on disability and one on temporary duty.
on Sep 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Would you say the same if he'd had a heart attack or complications from major surgery? Let the man get through rehab.
Does the chief job have same physical requirements as other roles?
What is the district really paying? Does the chief have health and disability insurance? Is he still collecting full pay? Is his time still considered "work" for retirement purposes?
If he chooses to retire, it wouldn't seem fair that his pay was boosted by the time in rehab.
But let's get some facts before pushing him off the force.