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concerned

Nicholasville, KY

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Nov 26, 2009
 

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They will let anyone join the fire department. They have someone working there now who is an ex con, and has several charges against him for several different theings. Who will be next?
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Morgantown, WV

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Nov 26, 2009
 
Not suprised, he should fit in good with all the check drawers they have. If you are able to fight fire you are able to work!!!!!
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Charlottesville, VA

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Nov 26, 2009
 

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My dad was at UVa with a terminal illness no ambulance service would transport him home for hospice care except Russell Prater Fire Department! I dont care if they are on the check or not at least someone in our area is getting the money instead of the people in northern Va. I just have to say thanky you for your help!!!!!!
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Tazewell, VA

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Nov 27, 2009
 

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If you don't like the way things are done, why don't you volunteer? Most rural fire departments are volunteer and we all know that 'beggars can't be choosers'. A lot of people can say what needs to be done or who deserves to serve, but unless you're willing to sacrifice time from your busy life to be a volunteer firefighter, you should not make comments about those who do volunteer. For the record, I don't know any of the firefighters on that department, but I do know what it's like to take time from myself to train and work calls when I would rather be home. Also, there are retired and disabled folks on many departments. They aren't usually the ones on the front lines. We have members who are unable to do the physical work, so they direct traffic, perform communications duty. We even have one who usually stays at the department in case we mutual aid or something brought to the scene from the firehouse. Everyone who wants to serve should be able to, according to their abilities. That's what my guys do, and we seem to get along very well.
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Charlottesville, VA

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Nov 27, 2009
 

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To volunteer: I hear you!!! Thank you!
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Nicholasville, KY

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Nov 28, 2009
 

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I AM WRITING JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT WE TRY OUR VERY BEST AT THE FIRE DEPT. WE HAVE ALOT OF GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR DEPT NOW AND THEY ALL PUT IN ALOT OF TIME AND ENERGY THERE. WE TRY TO HELP ANYONE THAT WE CAN POSSIBLY HELP. WE HAVE EVEN WENT TO HURLEY AND OTHER AREAS WHEN NO ONE ELSE WOULD. WE DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON EVERY PERSON THAT JOIN AND THEY HAVE A PROBATION PERIOD TO GO THRU AND IF THERE IS ANY TROUBLE OR NO ONE DOING THE JOB THEY ARE DISMISSED FROM THE DEPT. WE HAVE TO GIVE EVERYONE A CHANCE TO PROVE THEIR SELFS WERE VOLUNTEER DEPTS. DONT GET MANY THAT DONT WANT MONEY TO DO IT. EVERYONE ASKS WHY DO IT FOR NO PAY THEY WOULDNT. IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW THE DEPT. IS BEING RUN AND WHO THE MEMBERS ARE THAT WOULD BE SERVICING YOU , EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS AT ANYTIME AND ASK QUESTIONS OR MEET EVERYONE. WE WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO. WE DO THANK EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTS US AND IS THERE FOR US. OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON DEC.7TH AT 7:30 P.M. THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH. AND THE BIGGEST PART OF OUR MEMBERS DO HAVE JOBS AND WOULD BE HAPPY TO LET YOU NO WHERE THEY ARE AND WHAT SHIFT. WE DO HONESTLY BELIEVE THE DEPT. BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE AND WAS DONATED BY THE AREA RESIDENTS TO GET STARTED SO YOU ALL DO DESERVE TO KNOW HOW THINGS REALLY ARE SO DO COME BY ANYTIME. AND TO LOOKN WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT AND IF WE CAN FURTHER ASSIST YOU IN ANYWAY POSSIBLE JUST LET US NO.
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Nicholasville, KY

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Dec 1, 2009
 
WELL MEMBER NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU, I DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE...... BUT ANSWER THE QUESTION, WHY IS THIS PERSON ALLOWED TO JOIN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT? HE HAS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND A VERY SERIOUS ONE.. HE HAS BEEN IN JAIL FOR SETTING FOREST FIRES ON BIG ROCK, AND NOW HE IS FIGHTING FIRE...HA HA THATS FUNNY, AND SAVING LIVES AFTER TAKING A YOUNG LIFE...THATS SCARY!!! I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS JUST A VOLUNTEER BASES BUT GET REAL, BUT SHOULDN'T EVERYONE JOINING HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK AND A DRUG TEST??? YES MOST OF THE MEMBERS HAVE JOBS BUT SOME DON'T....SOME CANT KEEP ONE, AND GIVE MOST OF THE VOLUNTEERS A PAT ON THE BACK FOR DOING WHAT THEY DO!!!!
Just a Thought

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well who knew wrote:
WELL MEMBER NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU, I DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE...... BUT ANSWER THE QUESTION, WHY IS THIS PERSON ALLOWED TO JOIN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT? HE HAS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND A VERY SERIOUS ONE.. HE HAS BEEN IN JAIL FOR SETTING FOREST FIRES ON BIG ROCK, AND NOW HE IS FIGHTING FIRE...HA HA THATS FUNNY, AND SAVING LIVES AFTER TAKING A YOUNG LIFE...THATS SCARY!!! I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS JUST A VOLUNTEER BASES BUT GET REAL, BUT SHOULDN'T EVERYONE JOINING HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK AND A DRUG TEST??? YES MOST OF THE MEMBERS HAVE JOBS BUT SOME DON'T....SOME CANT KEEP ONE, AND GIVE MOST OF THE VOLUNTEERS A PAT ON THE BACK FOR DOING WHAT THEY DO!!!!
Why should a "volunteer" be required to take a drug test? I've got an idea, why doesn't the Federal and State Governments require all people receiving free assistance "checks, food stamps, fuel assistance" etc. to take a drug test before getting the assistance, and at least 3 or 4 times a month to keep it!!!!
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Nicholasville, KY

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Just a Thought wrote:
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Why should a "volunteer" be required to take a drug test? I've got an idea, why doesn't the Federal and State Governments require all people receiving free assistance "checks, food stamps, fuel assistance" etc. to take a drug test before getting the assistance, and at least 3 or 4 times a month to keep it!!!!
AMEN TO THAT!!! im all for it.. then see how many are getting a check... i think itshould be a requirement that if you are recievinga check to be drug tested..
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Nicholasville, KY

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well who knew wrote:
WELL MEMBER NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU, I DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE...... BUT ANSWER THE QUESTION, WHY IS THIS PERSON ALLOWED TO JOIN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT? HE HAS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND A VERY SERIOUS ONE.. HE HAS BEEN IN JAIL FOR SETTING FOREST FIRES ON BIG ROCK, AND NOW HE IS FIGHTING FIRE...HA HA THATS FUNNY, AND SAVING LIVES AFTER TAKING A YOUNG LIFE...THATS SCARY!!! I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS JUST A VOLUNTEER BASES BUT GET REAL, BUT SHOULDN'T EVERYONE JOINING HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK AND A DRUG TEST??? YES MOST OF THE MEMBERS HAVE JOBS BUT SOME DON'T....SOME CANT KEEP ONE, AND GIVE MOST OF THE VOLUNTEERS A PAT ON THE BACK FOR DOING WHAT THEY DO!!!!
Well personally I don't know who you are commenting about, but ALL people joining the fire dept. and rescue is required by US to have a FULL background check done and there are certain guide lines we do have to follow, the rescue you are not allowed to even drive with a felony record, the fire side guide lines are a little more flexible but we up hold all for both sides to keep trouble out of the dept. So if there is one recently that has joined that is going to be trouble I'm sure that when the background checks come back matters will be took care of going by what is received. We all have worked hard to get the dept. straightened out, and we all work and get along good with each other and anyone that disrupts the good will between everyone is voted out, which we have done a few before. We have came a long way in the past few years and don't want to go back there. And as far as drug tests they are not required but if they even think of someone is doing anything on a call or something they are voted out, we can not however tell people what to do in there homes. When it comes to affecting the reputation of the dept. we look at that to, so everyone there is really trying hard to be a desent place and organization. We are all not perfect but we do try. We also have a board of directors
that over sees things to.
thinkin about it

Nicholasville, KY

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Dec 2, 2009
 
If a background check is done,is the person allowed to work for the fire department untill it comes back? It sounds like the person be talked about has commented a murder, so if so what will happen if he or she is called to a accident involving someone he or she has trouble with, will that person be in more danger? HUMMMM....
Your are LOW

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Dec 2, 2009
 

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ballz deep wrote:
Not suprised, he should fit in good with all the check drawers they have. If you are able to fight fire you are able to work!!!!!
What do you want these people to do...lay down quit doing anything...Lots of people can do things certain times...even though they may suffer for it....BE thankful someone is there trying to help the community..I wish I could help...I am disabled and need to do something, but I never know when I am going to get sick and not be able to help and I dont want to fail to show up...THANK YOU all who work at RPFD and rescue...We need your service when you feel like it and have the time....And you who critize get a life...you are probably too sorry to do any thing to help...so you run your mouth....If you would like to meet to finish this discussion give me a email address and we can set up meeting place...u
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thinkin about it wrote:
If a background check is done,is the person allowed to work for the fire department untill it comes back? It sounds like the person be talked about has commented a murder, so if so what will happen if he or she is called to a accident involving someone he or she has trouble with, will that person be in more danger? HUMMMM....
My question to you is if the fire is about to burn your house do you want to check and make sure there is no one there helping to fight fire that is not your top notch citizen...I think not...What about the person in a car wreck who is bleeding...do you think they wonder if that person is a great person...think not...they just pray the person can get them to the hospital before the have permenant damage or die...You sound like a trouble maker
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Nicholasville, KY

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Dec 2, 2009
 

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What else is going to be said about RPFD.... most of them have either bad attitudes or are just smart ..... Nick Justus is the biggest one of all.
smart a nick

Ashburn, VA

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Dec 2, 2009
 

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we doe checks if the felony is more than 5 years old we cant hold it against them .having a bad attitude and being a smart a works for me .....
smart a JR

Salt Lake City, UT

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to whom it may conccern, i beleive i am the individual you are talking about. if you would "PLEASE" come to the meeting on DEC 7 at 7:30 at the fire dept. and address me alone with my members about your concerns about me. i will be more than glad to discuss your concerns about me. i am just trying to give back to my community and be a productive citizen, and help others who need help. who knows maybe one day it might be you i have to Help and i can assure you no matter what bad things are said about me, i would treat you with the upmost respect and help you any way i can. so would you please come to the meeting and address your concerns about me. thank you....
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this comment is for well who knew first of all you talk about people and there past, well has it occured to you that people can change and they can be a good citizen and try to give back to there community. i am aware of who this is, and i know the things you have done in your past, you dont talk about all the stealing and criminal acts you have done and to talk about someone who cant keep a job, well look right in front of you and you will see that person... you need to think about the skeletons in "YOUR ALLS" closets before digging in everyone elses. i could say alot more "RIGHT NOW" but, i am not going to stoop to your level keep this slander up and i will let your skeletons out, and the school board will be more than happy to talk to me, and you will lose your job.... i just want you to know i know who you both are. keep testing me and everyone else will know EVERYTHING to. i just want to say i am very happy with RUSSEL PRATER FIRE DEPT. and with all its members and especially whom you refer to as SMART A NICK . GOOD JOB to everyone on its team. thank you ..... guess who
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Morgantown, WV

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Dec 2, 2009
 

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It sounds to me like Prater fire department is having some internal problems among its members. As far as i can tell you have a new member with a shady past and some members want him and some dont. Instead of talking to each other face to face, you get on here and say the things you are to afraid to say to one anothers face. I am glad you're not the ones responsable for protecting my neiborhood. Where is the Chief and why is he letting this go on. This would never happen in our department, our chief would put an end to all this nonsense before it got out of hand. All of you need to grow up and act like men not a bunch of teenage girls. And to you Chief, do your job and take charge, quit trying to satisfy everybody and make a decision and stick to it, if the other members dont like it they can leave.
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Nicholasville, KY

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Russell Prater Fire Department this for you..... You guys and ladies are the best, I personally know just about everyone in the department and their kids, I may not have the best of relationships with them for some odd reason, but when you need something they are there. Nick are his wife Jessica are always there when someone needs help, no matter what time it is or where its at. I have known in the past if there is a fire, those guys risk their life everytime to save a persons houseband possibly their own life, they leave their familys no matter what time it is or how long it takes them to put out a fire their always there. Now the commment about the "new member" well i personally know who that is and trust me He Has Changed....he has a family who he cares for deeply, and would do anything to help others....so back off because when you mess with family you have the rest of the entire family to tackle, so RPFD...Keep up the good work, I'm behind you 100%
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Dec 3, 2009
 
well who knew wrote:
WELL MEMBER NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU, I DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE...... BUT ANSWER THE QUESTION, WHY IS THIS PERSON ALLOWED TO JOIN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT? HE HAS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND A VERY SERIOUS ONE.. HE HAS BEEN IN JAIL FOR SETTING FOREST FIRES ON BIG ROCK, AND NOW HE IS FIGHTING FIRE...HA HA THATS FUNNY, AND SAVING LIVES AFTER TAKING A YOUNG LIFE...THATS SCARY!!! I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS JUST A VOLUNTEER BASES BUT GET REAL, BUT SHOULDN'T EVERYONE JOINING HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK AND A DRUG TEST??? YES MOST OF THE MEMBERS HAVE JOBS BUT SOME DON'T....SOME CANT KEEP ONE, AND GIVE MOST OF THE VOLUNTEERS A PAT O FOR DOING WHAT THEY DO!!!!
When you dont know what you are talking about you need to keep you mouth shut, get the whole story before you go accusing someone of something, what are you just jealous because you could not join?

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