FMB Fire Commissioner: 'There is no money'
#1 Apr 10, 2011
Well, the Fort Myers Beach fire department built 3- brand new fire stations, added a new one on the south end of the island, added all new equipment and paid cash just in the past 5-years, they also pay most of their fire personnel over 100K a year, they spend like crazy, send multiple fire personnel out unnecessarily. I once call the LCSO about a man sleeping of the beach and seven fire personnel along with the sheriffís office showed up, to wake the homeless man up and send him on his way, saying this is the second time today. We donít have too many fires on this island, and with this one the department is using to cry wolf. They donít mention how many times they go out and help people who step on a stingray, those people need to take care of it themselves and have a friend drive them to the hospital if need be. The fire department needs to respond to critical situations not bumps and bruises, but they along with the LCSO want to boost the call numbers to argue for MORE MONEY. They are constantly playing the ďWEĒ canít help without more money. They could have taken bonds out on the new fire stations and equipment and saved the money but they didnít. How about salary decreases, they donít need new trucks every three years. Donít be fooled by the ďWEĒ need more fire and police protection because we have limited resources. Itís the unions, pensions, and the management thatís getting all the $$$.
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