WHO IS IN CHARGE OF PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE AT THE FIRE
Wouldn't it be the Fire Chief?
Last Friday there was a fire in the north part of the county
as reported by The Monticello News:
stayed busy last Friday with two structure fires on opposite ends of the
county. The above, left picture shows a home on Bear Creek Point, owned by Lee
and Lisa Simmons, that was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived.
The cause of the fire was a wood heater inside the residence, according to Fire
Chief Jarrett Slocumb. The home was occupied at the time of the fire, but no
one was hurt. Stations 1, 6, 3, 4 and 5 all responded.
There was still about 125
feet of fire hoses lying on the ground two days after the fire. Why would these expensive hoses be left
lying? When the fire fighters got them
off the truck, they found the hoses to be rotten and of no use in fighting the fire.
There have been other
reports about the lack of preventative maintenance on the county fire
equipment--flat tires and dead batteries on fire trucks, and
problems. Whose responsibility is this and why isn't the job
being done? Who checks the maintenance records to be sure this
work is being done?
Rumor is that the new EMS director recently pointed out some safety
issues on some of the fire calls. It seems this action has
stirred up the usual and ongoing conflicts at Fire and EMS.
There is talk that the BOC is now considering separating Fire and EMS
so the Fire Chief is no longer accountable to the EMS director. Who will he be accountable to?
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informed as to where and how their tax dollars are
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and laws being discussed and enacted.
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spending, and lower property taxes.