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Citizen-Times: Town of Biltmore ends fire coverage by Asheville, switches to Skyland FD

There are 4 comments on the Mountain Xpress story from Sep 8, 2013, titled Citizen-Times: Town of Biltmore ends fire coverage by Asheville, switches to Skyland FD. In it, Mountain Xpress reports that:

The Asheville Fire Fighters Association contends a recent shift in fire coverage in Biltmore Forest to Skyland Fire & Rescue was done without proper notification or negotiations, and that it will leave most town residents with slower response times.

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ApePeeD

Since: Mar 13

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#1 Sep 9, 2013
"Biltmore Forest paid Asheville’s $751,000 for fire and emergency responses in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The new contract calls for the town to pay Skyland $425,000 annually for 15 years, a yearly savings of $326,000."

It's all about the money.
Teddy

Candler, NC

#2 Sep 9, 2013
I don't understand why there all these little fire depts all over the place. Can't the city have one fire dept for efficiency sake?
ApePeeD

Since: Mar 13

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#3 Sep 10, 2013
Teddy wrote:
I don't understand why there all these little fire depts all over the place. Can't the city have one fire dept for efficiency sake?
The theory, I guess, is that you have faster response times if you have smaller stations strewn about, rather than one large centralized station.
Thelma

Candler, NC

#4 Sep 10, 2013
ApePeeD wrote:
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The theory, I guess, is that you have faster response times if you have smaller stations strewn about, rather than one large centralized station.
I think (could be wrong) that poster meant as part of one metropolitan organization, although scattered all over the place - instead of a bunch of little organizations competing with each other for contracts. I wondered the same thing.

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