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SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — After more than 46 years on the job, a Pender County F
fire department finds itself at a crossroads.

Members of the Surf City Volunteer Fire Department say they found out last week the county plans to end its contract for their service, giving members a tough decision to make.

The members of the Surf City Volunteer Fire Department met Monday evening to vote on the department’s future. A future that is still unclear.

For the men and women of Fire Station 1200 saving lives is their way of life.

“This is a family. We are dedicated to one another. We are fireman. We run into fires, not away from fires and you have to depend on your brother. You don’t have a choice but to depend on your brother. We have a strong brotherhood here and we are bound together,” said David Garten.

Monday evening 53 members of the department came together to discuss their future.

“I think we are going to try and merge with Pender EMS. As a group we decided that tonight, but we are hoping to get something a little better from the county officials and see what is going to happen from there,” said Paul Werkmeister.

Both Garten and Werkmeister are members of the volunteer fire department.

Several options on the table included merging with Pender EMS, merging with the Town of Surf City Fire Department or even shutting their doors for good.

“We want the citizens here in this district to know what’s going on. Don’t keep it a secret from them. Let them know. We want the county commissioners to come here and meet with us. Let’s all be honest with one another,” said Garten.

Rep. Mike McIntyre presented the department with a federal grant Monday, which would let them buy much needed equipment.

If the department merges with Pender EMS all the departments equipment maybe sold to cover more than $400,000 in outstanding debt.

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SCVFD member
2015 years 8 months ago

Do you think it justifies to keep on with this? No matter what your opinion is its just an opinion. Please for the sake of our dignity, your dignity, and our district or county, please stop. I know a lot of people have a grudge with meatball, but this is past him. A lot of Good people including public, are going get hurt because of this. People are verbally attacking people and calling people out on facebook. A High ranking officer has verbally attacked members and public. I mean does anyone know no bound. People need to realize this is a part of politics, sometimes we elected people to screw us over, it happens. This is a chance for two stations to come together and build a “community” fire department, one for the people, by the people. But here is an idea, and not once was this talked about, If the community wants to keep 1200 how about we all get together and show the commissioners on the 17th that this fire departments blood runs deep. If there are ones who want the merge to hurry and happen then show up on the 17th and show support for a greater unity. Simple as that. If you don’t want to show up on the 17th then why are you expressing an opinion where it wont make a difference. Isnt that whats wrong with this great nation now? Train of thought. GOD Bless us all and Bless The U.S.A.

tax payer
2015 years 8 months ago

Ok listen here you are missing the point I am making, a lot of fire departments now don’t want anyone that is not fire 1 cert to go into a fire because of the lack of training and so many people getting hurt they want them to have the training before hand period. actually my house has burnt down for that information a long time ago and three departments that came there messed up big time due to lack of communication. first they need to be able to work with the other departments during training and they cant even do that. none of the departments can get along enough to the training they need to. everyone wants to talk about a brotherhood and they are a brotherhood if they were half of the brotherhood they claim to be they would work together but the real question is when you have someone in charge that isn’t even firefighter 1 and 2 cert what does that say to the members

Lacie
2015 years 8 months ago

Oh by the way just because it in the paper doesn’t mean its true so y’all want to go bye here say and judge our department and I’m sure none of you have the personal experience to b a fire fighter and there are more than two great fire fighters OH AND BY THE WAY THEY ARE VOULEENTER they don’t get paid it take an awesome and brave person to run in fires and put them out and all they ask in return is respect they don’t ask for money and by the way they do need gear and things to protect themselves that were money goes so really you can kick rocks

jj
2015 years 8 months ago

Wow, 400,000 in outstanding debt. You “group of guys” need to raise your dues..

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 8 months ago

Your posts are NOT helping your cause.

Wilmington Observer

 

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