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Eastern Pender fire departments to merge

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Several fire departments in the eastern part of Pender County will merge.

Hampstead, Sloop Point and Long Creek Grady departments will join together with Pender Volunteer EMS and rescue to form a new non-profit corporation.

Pender EMS Chief Woody Sullivan says the merger was the idea of the departments involved and was not forced by the county.

"The most important message I want to send out of here today is that this doesn't work without the volunteer membership in the fire service, and we want to build on that relationship with them to make this a successful program," Sullivan said.

Sullivan says the new unnamed corporation should be in operation by June 30.

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Why?

I'm not sure that I understand the need for these agencies (all are already "non-profits") to join forces. Mr Sulllivan has done a, fine job of establishing, building and running the countywide EMS system which changed the fundamental manner in which EMS system has come to work, in Pender County; with a, drastically, higher level of (emergency medicine) service and cost for the citizens of the County. (Citizens pay the cost of Medicare and Medicare that are billed). He has even added the "side business" of non-emergency transports to the "non-profit" EMS business.

With fire services, will he do as is done with the EMS service; upgrade the professionalism, training, and image of the existing service and charge for each fire call? The infrastructure (communication systems, equipment, etc) has already been paid for, by the County tax payers. He is NOT doing this for free.... Why is this a necessity? Who is going to pay and how much?

Wilmington Observer

fire dept mergers

I think the questions you may have should be directed at the county commissioners they are the ones who have seeked out this avenue..in fact the tax payers are oblivious to what itls taking place..Taxes will climb and it will be because of poor decision making.