Martinsville could eliminate part-time firefighters

Martinsville could eliminate part-time firefighters


JULY.

ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER RANDY

WINNFIELD WILL SERVE AS INTERIM

TOWN MANAGER.

>>>WE’RE GETTING A LOCK AT HOW

THE MART INSUREVILLE IF YOU HE

FIRE DEPARTMENT COULD BE

IMPACTED.

THE FIRE CHIEF PUT A BUDGET

TOGETHER.

IT INCLUDES THE ELIMINATION OF

PART-TIME FIREFIGHTERS.

>>GIVES US A LOOK AT THE

NUMBERS.

>>

>>WHEN MART INSUREVILLE

FIREFIGHTERS SHOW UP, THEY PLAY

A ROLE.

>>WE HAVE A LOT OF DECISIONS TO

MAKE.

OUR PART-TIMERS HELP TO

SUPPLEMENT THAT.

AND WHEN WE SHOW UP WITHOUT

HAVING THE PART-TIMERS TO HELP

SUPPLEMENT, WE’VE GOT THE MAKE

DECISIONS, CAN WE SEND OUR

FIREFIGHTERS IN?

>>BUT BECAUSE OF YET ANOTHER

YEAR IN WHICH THE CITY’S

REVENUES REMAIN RELATIVELY

STAGNANT, TH PUBLIC SAFETY

BUDGE HEAT TO TAKE A CUT IN

ORDER TO SERVE CITIZENS

EFFECTIVELY.

FIRE CHIEF SAID HE RECOMMEND

ELIMINATING PART-TIME

FIREFIGHTERS.

>>IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE

LIFESAVING SKILLS FOR THE

CITIZENS, KEEP YOUR OUR CAREER

STAFF IN ORDER TO RUN THE

APPARATUS THAT WE RUN IS WHAT’S

MOST IMPORTANT.

>>IF PART-TIME FIREFIGHTERS

WERE ELIMINATED, THAT WOULD BE A

MAX OF SIX FIREFIGHTER PER

SHIFT.

THAT COULD EASILY LEAD TO THE

FIRE DEPARTMENT HAVING EVERYONE

TIED UP ON CALLS ESPECIALLY THE

FREQUENT OCCASIONS LIKE TODAY

WHEN TWO EMS CALLS COME IN AT

THE SAME TIME.

>>WHILE THE MEDICAL CALLS WERE

ONGOING OUR CITY WAS WITHOUT

COVERAGE.

>>THE DEPARTMENT CURRENTLY HAS

12 PART-TIME FIREFIGHTERS.

CHRISTOPHER BOLDEN WAS JUST

HIRED ON AS A FULL-TIME

FIREFIGHTER AFTER A YEAR AND A

HALF PRT TIME.

HE SAYS HE KNOWS THE CUT WOULD

BE TOUGH.

>>IT WOULD HURT AS FAR AS THEIR

SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME AS WELL AS

IT WOULD ALSO HURT THE

DEPARTMENT AS FAR AS HAVING

TRAINED PEOPLE READY TO GO TO IN

TIME POSITIONS.

>>TONIGHT CHIEF ANDERSON WILL

PRESENT THE DEPARTMENT SITUATION

TO CITY COUNCIL AT THE BUDGET