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Fire service plan moving along

Website due after final interviews

December 9, 2013

While the go-live date for the Warren County Fire Services Committee’s public information project has been pushed back a month, the project continues to move ahead....

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Dec-11-13 9:30 AM

There were multiple departments at the chimney fire, because they could not get enough MANPOWER. The mutual aid was asked for because the primary responder did not have enough MANPOWER, You can have all the best and newest equipment sitting at your fire station (paid by donations and yes, tax dollars) and that equipment won't do a darn bit a good if you don't have the people to put that equipment to use. The fire departments need members which equals MANPOWER!

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Dec-10-13 3:44 PM

As a 1975 grad from EHS, I was glad that I was employed with the Miami-Dade County Fire Department (I am retired now). At least the public knew that they would have to wait no more than 6-10 minutes to arrive at their emergency.

The 1st response to a fire was 3 engines, a rescue squad, a ladder truck and a Batt. Chief. Each engine responded with 4 people consisting of an officer, driver/engineer and a lieutenant or captain. The rescue responded with 3 paramedic/firefighters. If the chief on scene called a 2nd alarm there would be another 2 engines and an additional ladder company and an air truck would respond. We did nit have to wait for any firefighter to respond to the station or appear on any scene.

Our response times had to be less than 10 minutes during the day and 15 minutes after 21:00 hrs. We also had 5 hazmat trucks in the county and at least one in any city, plus other equipment. Get with the times.

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Dec-10-13 12:37 PM

I grew up in a family of volunteer fire fighters. I know first hand how expensive it is to keep a volunteer department up and running safely and efficiently. A $500 insurance payment from an occasional fire and a couple donations a year is not going to be enough. The volunteers not only have to keep up with training, fight fires and run EMS calls, they also have to participate in fundraisers for their departments. Volunteer departments are seeing their members aging and for some reason there is not the same "spark" (pun intended) in younger folks to volunteer their time and energy to help their friends and neighbors. I think it's a great idea to have a website that will help get younger people interested in fire fighting! I don't understand why you think otherwise. I also think that it's wonderful that we have people who are willing to give their time to serve us, without pay and get no thanks, only vitriolic comments.

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Dec-09-13 6:32 PM

Thanks for the clarification "Proud".

What does helping the Volunteer Firefighters with a public information program have to do with municipalities charging fees for fire service?

I'm just glad that we have such great volunteer fire departments in Warren County. God Bless the Volunteer Firefighters!

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Dec-09-13 1:04 PM

For a fire department to collect fees for service they must have an ordinance in place through the local municipality. The ordinance will state what the fees are and how they are structured.

In Warren County, the departments that do bill for services do so at the insurance levels. In every homeowners policy is a $500 Fire Department line. That is what the Warren County Departments that do bill are billing - for the amount you are already covered for.

The majority of the departments in the county do not bill.

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