February 22, 2013 


 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:

Firefighters 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 other needless 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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