Letter: Tipton needs full-time firefi...

Letter: Tipton needs full-time firefighters

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Something needs to be don

Drummonds, TN

#1 Mar 24, 2011
Letter: Tipton needs full-time firefighters

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/mar...

On March 20, a house in south Tipton County was destroyed by fire.

Last Nov. 14, my house was destroyed by fire. About two weeks before that, a house five doors away from the house that burned this week was destroyed by fire.

Just a few short weeks before that, a mobile home was destroyed by fire and five people died.

All of these homes are within a circle that probably doesn't exceed a mile in diameter, and all are located outside the city limits of Atoka and Munford.

I was told that the Munford/Atoka Fire Department cannot dispatch trucks to a rural fire until enough volunteers arrive to ensure both cities are protected. It took about 30 minutes for the fire truck to arrive at my house, get the hoses hooked up and begin fighting the fire.

When a house catches fire, 30 minutes is an eternity. I will be the first to say that once the firefighters were on the scene, they performed magnificently and did everything they could, but it was too late.

Unlike Shelby County, Tipton County does not have manned fire stations for the rural areas. I sent an e-mail to the Tipton County Executive shortly after my house burned, asking why Tipton County cannot or will not provide its homeowners with the same protection that is available to Shelby County. Tipton County has grown by almost 10,000 citizens in the past 10 years, and a large percentage of them bought homes in unincorporated areas. They probably don't realize the danger they are in if their house should catch fire.

It's time to bring Tipton County into this century, and for the elected officials to do whatever it takes to provide for the safety and well-being of the citizens of this county.

John Lewis

Atoka, Tenn.
For real

Kingsport, TN

#2 Mar 25, 2011
So are you willing to triple your taxes to support? There's a reason you have insurance.
Bill

Drummonds, TN

#3 Jun 30, 2011
Insurance doesnt do CPR on your loved one at 3am, nor does insurance replace family heirlooms, nor does insurance pull people out of burning homes, nor does it respond to your house when you have an emergency, nor does your insurance agency respond when your car is struck by a drunk driver and you have to be cut out of the car and flown to the hospital.
For real

Ringgold, GA

#5 Jul 1, 2011
Bill wrote:
Insurance doesnt do CPR on your loved one at 3am, nor does insurance replace family heirlooms, nor does insurance pull people out of burning homes, nor does it respond to your house when you have an emergency, nor does your insurance agency respond when your car is struck by a drunk driver and you have to be cut out of the car and flown to the hospital.
Well all the response exists now. Do you really think dumping a bunch of extra tax dollars would make that much of a difference. The government can't protect you against all risks all the time.
not my home

United States

#6 Jul 2, 2011
Those of us that live in rural areas or on farms do not have the comfort of rapid response. however, there are preventive measures that can be taken to ensure the safety of our homes. A working smoke detector should be in every room of the home.
Check electrical cords on appliances, computer, & other electrical devices to check for wear & tear on cords and replace if necessary. Have the home checked every year or every couple of years by a licensed electrician for faulty wiring or fire hazards. Residential fire extinguishers should be stored in the car & home. All this may sound expensive, But it is doable even on a small income with careful planning and rainy day savings. You don't want your taxes to double or triple, you don't want to lose everything you own, you don't want your insurance premiums to double, triple, or to be dropped altogether, you certainly don't want to attend the funeral of a loved one, So a few ounces of prevention is worth a ton of cure. People are hurting for money, But this can be done at low cost if you are smart shopper. Then next time you pass a fire station honk, wave and smile.
lillady

Millington, TN

#7 Jul 2, 2011
not my home wrote:
Those of us that live in rural areas or on farms do not have the comfort of rapid response. however, there are preventive measures that can be taken to ensure the safety of our homes. A working smoke detector should be in every room of the home.
Check electrical cords on appliances, computer, & other electrical devices to check for wear & tear on cords and replace if necessary. Have the home checked every year or every couple of years by a licensed electrician for faulty wiring or fire hazards. Residential fire extinguishers should be stored in the car & home. All this may sound expensive, But it is doable even on a small income with careful planning and rainy day savings. You don't want your taxes to double or triple, you don't want to lose everything you own, you don't want your insurance premiums to double, triple, or to be dropped altogether, you certainly don't want to attend the funeral of a loved one, So a few ounces of prevention is worth a ton of cure. People are hurting for money, But this can be done at low cost if you are smart shopper. Then next time you pass a fire station honk, wave and smile.
Well written, thanks....
QDFF

Millington, TN

#8 Jul 18, 2011
For real wrote:
<quoted text>
Well all the response exists now. Do you really think dumping a bunch of extra tax dollars would make that much of a difference. The government can't protect you against all risks all the time.
Just because there is a level of response now doesn't make it completely safe. "Dumping" these tax dollars into the county wide departments is what needs to be done....In this county there are only two or three full time departments. So all of the other county wide calls are left up to the volunteer departments. Dont get me wrong at the volunteer departments we do what we can but most all of us have other jobs and can only spend a small amount of time at the department. So what happens when a big fire or incident occurs outside of these full time departments? Hope that there is someone at a volunteer department available then? Or wait patiently while someone comes all the way from Munford to provide mutual aid? By then its long gone. We need more full time fire fighters and departments to pick up the slack for the rest of the county. Our county grows in citizens every year, its becoming more and more of a big deal.
lillady

Millington, TN

#9 Jul 19, 2011
QDFF wrote:
<quoted text>
Just because there is a level of response now doesn't make it completely safe. "Dumping" these tax dollars into the county wide departments is what needs to be done....In this county there are only two or three full time departments. So all of the other county wide calls are left up to the volunteer departments. Dont get me wrong at the volunteer departments we do what we can but most all of us have other jobs and can only spend a small amount of time at the department. So what happens when a big fire or incident occurs outside of these full time departments? Hope that there is someone at a volunteer department available then? Or wait patiently while someone comes all the way from Munford to provide mutual aid? By then its long gone. We need more full time fire fighters and departments to pick up the slack for the rest of the county. Our county grows in citizens every year, its becoming more and more of a big deal.
Case in point, look how long it took for the Munford City Fire Department to respond to the most recent house fire on McCormick Road this past Sunday {7/17/11}. Which by the way the Drummonds Fire Department was already on the scene, volunteers I might add.
If one has the time drive by for a reality check and take a look then say a little prayer for the loss and for the diligent work of the brave men and women who volunteer their time and lives to keep you safe .
In The Know

Drummonds, TN

#10 Oct 25, 2011
LilLady, know your facts.

Munford Fire Dept was on the scene first with an Engine. There is no way that Quito beat Munford in there own city limits. Why ?

You have full time personnel that was at the station at the time the call came in, which is located on College might I add.

Quito responded from their respective Stations on Quito Rd and Drummonds Rd.
lillady

Millington, TN

#13 Nov 12, 2011
Were you there Not in the know from Eules, Texas?
In The Know

Drummonds, TN

#14 Dec 7, 2011
Yes I was there as a matter of fact. I havent no idea why it says im from Texas. I live in the Munford area.. But rest assure, I was there

Since: Feb 12

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#15 Mar 1, 2012
For real wrote:
So are you willing to triple your taxes to support? There's a reason you have insurance.
I like my house and I don't want to have to rebuild if my home burns. So yeah, raise taxes. Get professionals on hand.
Its all a joke

Drummonds, TN

#18 Sep 23, 2012
Brea Ashley wrote:
<quoted text>
I like my house and I don't want to have to rebuild if my home burns. So yeah, raise taxes. Get professionals on hand.
There are already Firefighters in place that are very qualified, experienced and professional in their duties. However it does not reflect very well with the poor leadership they work under that has no management experience, lacks a pro-active mindset. Its clear that the City of Munford can do so much more than what is currently in place. It is the Town of Atoka whom is attempting to increase emergency services yet the City of Munford fails to get with the plan. The main reason why services are prevented from growing is the lack of sufficient tax base in Munford for them to support their share. Atoka on the other hand has the finances to support expanded services.
Walker

Big Sandy, TX

#20 Dec 26, 2012
I hear that Fire Chief is a real loose cannon and Mayor Cole refuses to appoint a more suitable Chief since they have childhood history together.

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