Wake up folks, so the County Manager wants to make a few changes which WILL upset the volunteers. The time has come for this to happen. The posts have been interesting to say the least. It is very OBVIOUS who works for who. Some points to ponder. Yes, all fire personnel have to have training for both certification purposes but also for safety's sake. The 36 hour rule ONLY applies to each and every member in a fire department so that they can keep their fire pension when they retire. Nothing else.
Most fire personnel today attend many more hours than the 36 hours need. This is out of dedication to the job. I understand the sore feelings about the discussion and the feeling that your department has served the community for many years and now it is going away, in name only. Look at today's world. No longer can volunteers leave theirs jobs and answer a fire call. The time needed to devote to serving the community is growing and each member's time available is also shrinking.
This is a NATIONAL trend where there is a need to maintain dependable service delivery and protection.
So, for the good of the whole county, quit your griping, come up with some suggestions, attend the meetings, contribute to the process and MAYBE you will come out a winner
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