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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

Falmouth (MA) Fire and Rescue’s $1.7 Budget Approved

At a recent town meeting, Falmouth (MA) Fire and Rescue Department had its proposed budget of $1.7 million for overtime and to fund the design of a new fire station approved, according to a report on CapeNews.net.

Article 9 asked for $900,000 to pay for overtime hours for firefighters to keep all the fire stations staffed, the report said. Since July 1, the department increased the start of shift staffing from 10 firefighters to 14 and required two firefighters at each of the town’s fire stations. Thus, due to a lack of manpower, all five stations could not be opened.

Retirements and resignations over the last year and a half have also contributed to a rise in overtime—and the pandemic has hindered the hiring of more personnel, according to the report.

During the meeting, the board also allocated $800,000 to hire a program manager and design architect for a new fire station to be built on Sandwich Road. The report noted that the funds aim to provide the town with a construction estimate that would go to Town Meeting in April 2022 and to voters in a debt exclusion on the May 2022 ballot.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

Liberty County (GA) Fire Station Project Approved

Plans were recently approved for Liberty County Fire Services’ Miller Park (GA) Fire Station project, according to a report on CoastalCourier.com.

The new facility, the report said, will serve as the main headquarters for the Liberty County Fire Services, bearing offices to the fire chief, deputy chief and fire marshal. Plans for the new facility include a large training area on the ground floor that will also be open to the public for certain events.

The ground floor will also have bays to accommodate several trucks and vehicle apparatus, in addition to a decontamination room and a gym. The second floor will house the living area for firefighters.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

Hillsborough County (FL) Firefighters Union Peeved at Lack of Funding

According to a report on BayNews9.com, the Hillsborough County (FL) Firefighters Union said that a lack of funding has caused the county to fall behind on its public safety plan.

Union officials said that county firefighters are “overutilized” and that there’s a growing need for more firehouses, the report noted.

The 2003 Fire Rescue Master Plan, which was updated in 2019, showed that 24 new stations were needed to sustain population growth through 2030. 

Recently, the County Commission approved updates to another station, and new stations are currently being built in Riverview and Brandon, the report said.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

Photo of the Day: April 14, 2021

KME—District of Columbia Fire & EMS Department, Washington, D.C., air light unit. KME 96-inch Severe Service S2D cab and chassis; Cummins L9 400-hp engine; four-compartment walk-around body constructed of 12-gauge stainless steel; Girard armless awning full length both sides; two Scott Revolve air fill stations; Rosco dual vision XC camera system; two Command Light 150-W/120-V light towers. Dealer: Tim Allaband, Matheny Fire & Emergency, Hagerstown, MD.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

Florida fire rescue reveals new, more efficient engine

VIDEO: Two years ago, the Orange County Fire Rescue Division created an Apparatus Committee with the expectation of taking a look at its current apparatus, and specifically its fire engines, in order to find ways to become more efficient. The results were recently revealed in impressive fashion. “Efficiency and safety were our two main goals when we went to redesign the engine,” said Battalion Chief Brian Beechner.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Government
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