As a former city of Wilmington Firefighter, and a former volunteer firefighter I can speak from experience. I do believe the county should take over and man all of the Vol, fire depts, That would end the babyish bickering that goes on with Paid vs/ Vol depts. Vols. talk crap about paid depts and paid depts talk crap about vol. So the restructuring would end that. As far as training its all the same, vol. or paid all are required to have the same minimum hours. The main reason that vol. are against this is that the fire dept is there way of life, they can hang and work with there buddies, blah blah, I've been there its a great feeling but there are other activities to do, hunt fish whatever.
THE MAIN REASON I SUPPORT THE COUNTY KEEPING MEN AT THE STATIONS IS RESPONSE TIME.
Sure you can still fight a fire if you get there a few mins late. But my main concern is medical calls. If you have a heart attack do you think there is any chance for survival if first treatment arrives in 7 mins? 11 mins? No i don't think so. YOU HAVE ABOUT 4 MINS, Any later than that, you are dead. gone. history. When I bought my house in 1993 I purposely stayed within the city limits because of the better response time. What is really a shame is that depts like the City of Wilm dose not have a volunteer brigade, sometimes they wish they did considering each and everyday there are only about 65 or 70 firefights available for call. I think these steps are good. maybe the county will be wiser than the city and allow their paid depts, to utilize the volunteers.
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