Chief, town manager: Fire dept. probation ‘nothing to worry about’

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Fire and Rescue Chief John Grimes said there is nothing to worry about after the department was put on probation by state officials. Grimes said the probation comes from issues with four calls. He said the department still has about a 99.98 percent success rate and therefore there is nothing for folks to be worried about.

Town Manager David Hollis agrees.

“I don’t think anything has changed as far as the fire services at this point,” Hollis said.

“It’s a very manageable situation, we’re not going to go to a class 10,” Grimes said.

Class 10 means the area is not covered so your insurance is higher due to liability.

Grimes said his people do outstanding work covering the area, but many of them are volunteers.

“From 8 am.m to 8 p.m. I can only guarantee three people and from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. I can only guarantee two people because that’s the career staffing we have,” Grimes said.

Grimes adds the department has grant requests out for both equipment and staff. He said the equipment grant is for $25,000 and the staffing grant is for 24 positions which comes to $3.2 million dollars.

“Those two stations, the one at Lanvale and the one at 133 are not manned. There is not permanent staff there,” Hollis said.

Hollis said the location on Village Road has the majority of the permanent staff.

Grimes adds that another important change that needs to be made is people need to be more aware of their emergency services.

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