Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue on probation
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department is in need of its own assistance.
According to Fire Chief John Grimes, the department is on probation by state officials after a recent inspection. The Office of the State Fire Marshal, which is part of the NC Department of Insurance, issued the department a letter on May 17. The letter cites issues with the minimum response requirements, which typically means they did not have the staffing required to respond to an emergency.
Grimes said they have applied for a grant that should help with some of the staffing issues. He said they should know if they receive it in the next four months to a year. WWAY also reached out to the Town of Leland for a response on the department’s probation.
“The town is arranging a meeting later this month to discuss this further,” Town Manager David Hollis said. “There are many ways in which the town can assist which is what we will discuss at the meeting.”
Grime said the town has also helped with infrastructure, including road improvements, new stations and new engines.
According to a state spokesman from the Department of Insurance, the department has 90 days to submit an action plan to address how they will correct the issues from the date of the letter. The department then has a year to correct the issues, or the fire rating will become a 10. That rating is considered an uncovered area, and would result in insurance hikes. There have been no changes to the rating or rates at this time.