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Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad facing financial troubles, absorption

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- The Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad may not be volunteer for much longer. Brunswick County officials want to absorb the rescue squad and help with its financial troubles. Shallotte's volunteer rescue squad has been around for decades. Recently, though, it's been having financial difficulty. Brunswick County Spokesperson Huey Marshall said, "The county would like to, if at all possible, relieve some of those financial obligations in its effort to merge the Shallotte Rescue Squad with county services." Marshall says the county wants to absorb the rescue squad by handing it over to the county and paying some of the current volunteers. "We are getting a very good deal because there are a number of qualified personnel that will be able to assist us in our emergency response in that area," Marshall said. Among the squad's financial problems is allowing insurance to lapse. Mary Bogan works in Shallotte and doesn't think the county should absorb the volunteer squad. She said, "The guys are out there. They are doing their job and I respect them for that. They're doing a good job." Jerry Beck, on the other hand, says it's nothing against the volunteers, but maybe there does need to be a change. He said, "I think the county definitely needs to step in a take a look at what's going on." Marshall says the volunteer squad is currently building a new facility. Construction is at a standstill until finances are worked out. He says the county would like to turn the facility into a dispatch center. Marshall said, "We certainly hope this can be completed quickly." There was a meeting Monday night to discuss the possible merge. Marshall said they are very close to an agreement.

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FIRE SERVICE

One writer wrote about Horry County. There are enormous problems in Horry County fire. There are 7 volunteer rescue squads still in operation in Horry and they will not be taken over by Horry County. The fire took over the EMS, both of which were county owned and operated. Now years later, many Horry County fire stations do not have any volunteers. They are not prepared to handle any fire emerg4ency. They have to send 5, 6, or 7 fire stations to get enough people to fight a fire and by that time, it has already burned down. Just go to the Horry County website and click on the fire study that was done. Look at the recent wildfire, over 20,000 acres, 69 homes lost, 100 damaged. Now let me say one very important thing: Horry has some of the most dedicated firefighters anywhere! I applaud their dedication and work ethic. Now that being said, their planning and resourse management is as bad as anywhere in the country. I pray a major hurricane does not hit Myrtle Beach!

Shallotte Rescue

Absolutly unbeleivable. As a former member of this rescue squad, I am sad to read what has happend here and what led up to it. However, It is important to know that times are changing and that it is almost impossible for volunteers to run rescue calls and have a personal life at the same time. The Liability these days is also more demanding than ever. I'm sad to see the squad go but having a paid service will make it more reliable for the public.