Volunteer Fire Departments Spending Out of Control
Posted in the Hicksville Forum
#3 Apr 9, 2011
I always like the fact Fire District Volunteers say they "do it for free" while in fact they get a 25% reduction in property taxes, free college, retirement and a pension package from the Fire districts, plus they all get a one week paid vacation for FREE, add in the Discounts they get from all over towns? it's a nice volunteer job.
Plus all the perks of using Fire equipment at home, use of Kitchens and over the top catering Halls and clubs in these Fire houses.
These over the top Fire houses have got to stop on Long island they are putting us in a financial crisis with too much equipment thatís never used and the over the top fire houses less then 1 mile from one another.
Volunteer's know abuser, unnecessary renovations , purchasing unneeded equipment, SUV Fire Dept issued more out of town then in town, when in town you see them in the BARS.
These Volunteer Fire Districts need to Merge, stop buying, stop building, and stop renovating and stop buying SUV every 3 years, CUT BACKS.
No need for 5 or 6 Fire houses in one small town less then 1 mile from one another
#4 Jun 29, 2013
instead of complaining about all the fire depts over spending while using an all volunteer force try looking into the police dept each police officer starting salary $85,000 after 5 years just as a patrolman it jumps up to $105,000 in my eyes thats way too much for cops who take 30 mins to respond to a 911 call to someones house on any given night throughout suffolk county you will see at least 3 to 4 cars parked in a lot all talking while being dispatched to calls i know that for a fact. and the uneccessary spending by them on there marine unitthat s that you nevver see anywhere. the many ESU units manned 24/7 that only sit at there quaters at the mcarther airport.
so dont complain every volunteer fire dept is a needed asset including all the vehiles they have without them your ISO would be through the roof. i never here anyone complain about property tax, school tax, village tax, how else do you expect each fire dept to get the job done the primary goal of each dept is protecting life and property without the tools , equipment and apparatus that goal can not be reached times have changed there are more dangerous building materials being used in construction . many buinesses are useing hazardous materials and buildings are getting larger and taller.
join a dept before you open your mouth.
#5 Jun 29, 2013
i was volunteer firefighter in suffolk county and an EMT from the age of 18 i moved here to the south and in a few months i will be moving back to the island for good. a comment was made about fireman say they do it for free and that infact they do get perks and are paid. NO THEY DONT get your facts straight yes they recieve a retiremnet pension but not till after 25 years as most depts require so for those 25 yrs each member does it for free absolutly no payment no weekly or monthly paycheck and yes SOME depts employ small crews to ensure a response to any emergency while all the other firefighters, emt's and medics are at there regular mon - fri 9-5 jobs to support their families that each one of them respond on there off time during family dinners , birthdays , sickness ,holidays so the perks you say are wrong i see no problem for those who use it for me i never did and never will but thats me now they do that to keep those members from moving out of state and keep their highly trained members around cause people like you sure as hell wont do it.
the fire depts also do not set the prices of new apparatus or perssonal protective equipment , pagers etc in order to stay with the time depts have to pay the price or they again cant get the job done.
stp being cry babies
#6 Aug 7, 2013
I personally would prefer to have paid fire districts.I respect those who choose to volunteer however the key word is CHOOSE. The public, who pays the bills for the fire depts, has every right to question expenditures and unnecessary spending. There are two firedistricts near where I live, and they have been adding bays and expanding the fire house for the last 6 yrs.New community rooms(not available to the public) and the constant requests for donations make one wonder who I keeping tabs on things!
#7 Sep 3, 2014
First of all .everyfire dept aint as privelaged as others some depts have the bare minimals to do the job and do with out yes we get a tax break after three years of service for doing what we do for our community do you see you favorite sports hero or politition jumping out of the bed in the middle of the night to save your kids pets or property in the middle of the night no you dont people dont see when your home eating dinner with your family and have to run out of the house to a fire call after working a ten or what ever hour a day when it comes to money people complain lets see if the fire dept just said the hell with we aint doing it for free anymore then what would be then wonder how much crying goes on when now more money will be taken to have a paid fire dept like the city there rediculous of amounts of money that people pay in taxes and no one seems to know where it goes the fire dept should be the least of peoples worries what they do yes some companies are over the top but alot do without in money towns maybe if you were in our shoes for once you would see what its all about maybe even join and cash in on these so called great dealsand benefits we got risking being burnt to death injured and not being able to work and saport or familys we volunteer to put our lives on the line for you and our neighbors something to think about huh......
#8 Mar 25, 2018
Of course the volunteers will say theyíre worth something. The truth is this. These Ďprotectorsí donít actually protect anything. The stats donít lie! It takes an AVERAGE of 9 minutes to have an engine on scene of an incident. Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. How many people on LI will have to DIE before someone gets wise to this. There is no criteria for who is in charge except the membership likes you. So if youíre a Chief, your training is just the initial course needed that you took 20 years ago. And if youíre in a department that isnít busy (majority of them) then youíre now in charge with no experience, no education and just the friendship of your peers. We need a PROFESSIONAL department held accountable by the standards of the National fire service. The one we currently have is a complete joke run by udder buffoons. Call your congress people and have them run studies, itíll show our extremely high taxes arenít worth anything but a place for these losers to get away from their wives and get drunk for free. Oh and yes they ride fire trucks to automatic alarms every couple of days.
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