Fire Department Donations?

Fire Department Donations?

Posted in the Swissvale Forum

John Q

North Versailles, PA

#1 Sep 5, 2012
Got a request in the mail today from the Swissvale VOLUNTEER Fire Department, asking for a donation. Even gave me a breakdown of their costs. Normally, I would write a check. But Swissvale's Mayor and Council already Charge us 3 quarters of a Million Dollars a year for a PAID Fire Department. By the way, Love the new Million Dollar Fire Station, just one question, Is it Volunteer? Or is it Paid? Can anyone answer that one?
That Guy

Arlington, VA

#2 Sep 5, 2012
Swissvale is protected by two departments. One is paid, the other is volunteer.
That Guy

Arlington, VA

#3 Sep 5, 2012
John Q

North Versailles, PA

#4 Sep 5, 2012
You still haven't answered my question. Why would we pay double for one service. How many fires do we have in a year? Or, is swissvale people paying to service other towns?
Taxpayers

Novi, MI

#5 Sep 5, 2012
John Q wrote:
Got a request in the mail today from the Swissvale VOLUNTEER Fire Department, asking for a donation. Even gave me a breakdown of their costs. Normally, I would write a check. But Swissvale's Mayor and Council already Charge us 3 quarters of a Million Dollars a year for a PAID Fire Department. By the way, Love the new Million Dollar Fire Station, just one question, Is it Volunteer? Or is it Paid? Can anyone answer that one?
Its both !
Taxpayers

Novi, MI

#6 Sep 5, 2012
What do you think about vice president of council arthrell assaulting a braddock hills bussiness owner again !
Taxpayers

Novi, MI

#7 Sep 5, 2012
John Q wrote:
You still haven't answered my question. Why would we pay double for one service. How many fires do we have in a year? Or, is swissvale people paying to service other towns?
Its all stupid polictics ! Make no sense at all the only fire department in the area with tis arrangement!
Taxpayers

Novi, MI

#8 Sep 5, 2012
Braddock hills has a new fire chief !
Taxpayers

Novi, MI

#9 Sep 5, 2012
That Guy wrote:
Swissvale is protected by two departments. One is paid, the other is volunteer.
WHY ?
That Guy

Arlington, VA

#10 Sep 6, 2012
You asked if the department was paid or volunteer. I answered your question. The paid department also serves as your building inspectors, and code enforcement. As well as responding to first responder medical calls. I cannot speak for Swissvale personally, but most volunteer departments struggle with weekday daytime staffing. The paid department guarantees a crew is responding quickly. Instead of bitching about it on a forum, ask your council members. Maybe they'll disband the paid department, and you both can sign up to be volunteers to save money.
John Q

North Versailles, PA

#11 Sep 7, 2012
I have worked hard for over 40 years. Paid taxes in this town for all of those years.
We have a wonderful registered Building Inspector. We have a wonderful Code Enforcement Officer. And, we have a wonderful Ambulance Service right in town. Not one person on here said to disband either of Swissvale's Fire Departments. They are both wonderful. The question was, WHY ARE WE PAYING DOUBLE FOR THE SAME SERVICES? LET THEM BE THE BEST FIREFIGHTERS ON THE PLANET. GET THEM OUT OF THE REST OF IT! WASTEFUL SPENDING! A Million Dollars a Year is TOO MUCH to spend on one Fire Department, when all adjoining towns are spending under $50,000.00. Did a little research.
That Guy

Baltimore, MD

#12 Sep 7, 2012
You are not "paying" for volunteers, they are non-profit. They were asking for a simple donation. If you feel you don't want to donate, throw the request in the trash. A wise man once said "Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, and beat you with experience." So at this point gentlemen. I shall heed that advice, and leave this conversation. Take care, T.G.
John Q

North Versailles, PA

#13 Sep 7, 2012
If you knew how to read, you would see that I did not say "we are paying for volunteers". What is being discussed is, Why are we paying double for services? So, take your ball and go home. The questions are not going anywhere. As a taxpayer and longtime resident, I do not want the waste that is going on in my borough. Conversation...Over!

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