Clay County Fire and Rescue
Posted in the Hayesville Forum
Since: Jul 11
#1 Jul 14, 2011
Hi, I am a concerned citizen of Clay County and a few days ago i have become aware of some changes with Clay County Fire and Rescue Dept. First off they have employed 3 personnel on a part time salary which would be the chief and other two Fire Dept personnel. My feelings are mixed with this issue, the personnel chosen are not appropriately qualified for these positions, especially the chief. On the other side I agree that Clay county does indeed need paid personnel to perform daily Fire Dept jobs and also respond to ALL emergencies. Second, another issue that has been brought to my attention is that the chief of Clay County Fire Dept has chosen which emergencies to respond to. Forgive me if I am wrong, but as a citizen of this county do OUR tax dollars not fund Clay County Fire and Resque? I hate to think that if something was to happen and I needed them, that it may not be in the departments list of emergencies to respond to. So where are my tax dollars going? This department needs to be there to respond to ALL emergencies big or small, not just what the Chief justifies as an "emergency".
#2 Jul 24, 2011
You get what you pay for in fact you get way more than you pay for. The firefighters are volunteers and I am sure they respond to true emergencies that are within the scope of their duties but you have a paid ems system that responds to medical emergencies where with paid depts a firetruck responds to many medic calls in CC I doubt that is the case. If you want a full paid dept that responds to all calls double your taxes and you may get there. Thanks to our volunteers.
#3 Jul 31, 2011
It sure sounds like you have a personal problem with the chief. If so you should contact him and address the issue.
The fire dept in Clay County is not in the business of transporting victims. We have 'paid' county employees to do this and they seem to do a great job.
The fire department is not owned or operated by the county. The fire department is a group of volunteers who provide services to the community. Years ago the citizens voted to pay a small property tax to support this fire department. The only thing the county does is collect the money and give it to the fire department.
Read the story in the Progess and you will see that even with this addition of 3 part timers the department does not need additional funding. In fact the fire tax was lowered by the department this year!
#4 Jul 31, 2011
What was your emergency that they would not respond to?
What leads you to believe the chief is not qualified? The State of North Carolina feels that he is.
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