ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando's Fire Chief is on the hot seat after the Orlando Professional Fire Fighters Union gave him a vote of no confidence.
During Hurricane Irma, firefighters were seen rescuing person after person. But now, they say they're the ones who need help, and blame Orlando Fire Chief Roderick Williams for not supporting them. That's why the union says they gave him a no confidence vote.
Wayne Bernoska says, "It was a very difficult decision but felt it they didn't do something now that they would be condoning this leadership style and what they did was vote against."
But Chief Roderick Williams disagrees, saying "I understand during negotiations things happen. People get somewhat offended by the direction of this organization but it doesn't reflect this entire department."
While Bernoska says negotiations spurred the vote, he says it happened after a series of problems and a lack of communication from the Chief.
"Since Pulse, we started seeing inconsistencies in the way we do business... part of problem with this is to say hey, here's where we can make improvements."
Chief Williams says, "Whether it's a smear campaign or some form of intimidation my goal is to be the best information out to our public as well as the fire fighters."
The Chief says he's trying to make positive changes.
"The mayor and city council agreed with the direction that this dept is going from random drug testing, to transfer of policies to the enforcement of discipline issues."
But the union says it's a give and take situation and that they're asking for benefits such as health screenings to help the firefighters after such difficult times.
"For all kinds of mental health problems we experience on the job. We see things hopefully my kids will never see and it's using that support to get the guys the help they need pointing them in the direction to get some mental help and it's just not being supported by the city or the fire chief."
Mayor Buddy Dyer says he's disappointed with the Union and says the City has worked hard to negotiate with the Union and support firefighters. Out of more than 500 people at the fire department, 260 belong to the Union.