Members of Meansville city council discussed joining the county fire department with county manager Bill Sawyer, interim fire chief Randy Snyder, chairman Doug Mangham and commissioner Tommy Powers at the Jan. 18 meeting.
The county manager is no position to assure anyone that the ISO rating in Meansville will remain the same. Unless he has recently conducted a survey of the Meansville's Fire Department's capabilities, records, and certifications he cannot possibly know whether or not they meet the standard for a Class 6 rating right now let alone what will happen when they come in to the county. It is also unwise to make promises to the city council about keeping "its" equipment in the city limits without considering whether or not moving the station makes more sense to provide better coverage and a lower ISO rating to unincorporated areas of the county. We may not have the funds for a different location now but there is the potential for having them in the future. Of course, the kind of casual statement reported in the article doesn't carry much weight unless made in writing. In either case, I'm not sure that SPLOST monies should be paying for a fire truck that covers only the city limits of Meansville. To my knowledge, the former mutual aid agreement that made it possible for the City of Meansville to acquire the truck in the first place was allowed to expire by the City so that they wouldn't have to respond into the county with "their" new truck. In that case, it should be investigated to determine, based on SPLOST rules, whether or not Meansville residents should have been paying for the truck on their own for the last year since it no longer benefited all residents of the county. I am also puzzled by the county manager's statement asking the council to “Give us six months to try to prove we deserve to be teammates,” since they have refused to provide mutual aid while at the same time county volunteers have continued to respond to the medical needs of Meansville residents even though Meansville's own Department declined to respond. There have been claims that they couldn't respond due to EMS licensing issues but we can clear that up with a phone call the the Georgia Department of Community Health. If anyone has something to prove prior to consolidation I believe it is the City of Meansville. It makes me wonder what the real motivation is.
Is it not funny that someone who never volunteered in the county until the ex-chief took over has lots of words to say now that he has quit the department? You had your chance to make a difference and now you have left us dedicated volunteers sitting high and dry. please just go about your business and let us worry about what will happen now. We ran calls before you came around and we will continue to run calls now that you are gone. Good riddance.
I am sure Meansville wants assurances that their truck and station will stay in the city. Why wouldn't they? Seems pretty logical to me, but joining with the county to have their station moved away from the city is ridiculous.
Look at what your hero tried to pull at Station 8. I'm sure he didn't expect that plan to backfire on him like it did.
Thank you Meansville volunteer firefighters. New zone. Support Lamar County fire and rescue near Pike County line and Upson County line and Monroe County line.
Is coming soon. New Lamar County fire station. Big fire house. 9 full time paid Lamar County firefighters with the fire house manned 24 hours and 7 days. New ISO in 2012.
Who want to be a firefighter? Not volunteer. Who need a full time paid Lamar County firefighter? Coming this summer. Get a job. Must be age 21-35 years old. Must possess a valid Driver’s License Class A or B. Must have a Certified firefighter 1 and or 2.
Tommy Powers has lost his mind!!! He thinks pike co citizens is going to pay for fire protection in the city of Meansville and We all know who is behind this POWERS!! He needs to step down as commissioner before some news comes out he wont like!
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