Thurm Supports Fire Fighters

Dear Editor,

There seems to be a false narrative out there in the world that District 5 incumbent Tammi Thurm is against public safety and public safety employees in the city of Greensboro. From the perspective of Greensboro’s firefighters, that portrayal of Tammi couldn’t be farther from the truth.

As a city councilmember, Tammi has cast multiple votes that have enhanced public safety in our city. Some of those votes include:

Supported upgrading fire training facilities. Tammi supported funding that replaced old and outdated training facilities. The new facilities are state of the art and provide your firefighters with more realistic training opportunities.

Supported upgraded 911 alerting system. She also supported upgrading the system that alerts firefighters when they are dispatched to an emergency. The new system helps 911 dispatchers more quickly send firefighters when you need them.

Supported cancer protections for firefighters. Until January 2022, firefighters in North Carolina had no protections against occupational cancer. As a city councilmember, Tammi supported the inclusion of cancer protections for firefighters to the city’s legislative agenda. This support made sure that Greensboro’s lobbyists were working at the General Assembly to pass cancer protections.

Supported public safety salaries that recruit and retain police and fire. Tammi has been a constant advocate to ensure that Greensboro can recruit and retain talented firefighters. Her work on the FY2022-23 budget around compensation for police and fire was extremely important. Because of Tammi, police and fire will have a step plan more consistent with industry standards in North Carolina.

For these reasons, the nearly 600 members of the Professional Fire Fighters of Greensboro have endorsed Tammi Thurm.  Councilmember Tammi Thurm is the only District 5 candidate to receive the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Greensboro in 2022.

From the firefighter’s perspective, Tammi is good for public safety and good for Greensboro.

Dave Coker

President, Professional Firefighters of Greensboro-IAFF, Local 947