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The officers have been trying for years to improve the fire department, but the lack of participation and dedication from the chief has made their efforts virtually impossible. The chief is a great guy and has devoted many years to the fire department. For reasons I won’t go into here, maybe it’s time to step down but not leave the fire department because he has a lot of experience that can be valuable to other firefighters (old and new). He should put the department into the hands of someone who has more time to put in the effort to be a leader and make better decisions regarding the fire department and personnel.
Despite all the so called “drama”, if my house were on fire or if my husband or I were sick or injured, I would not hesitate to have the volunteers of SCFPD come to my aid. Their dedication and willingness to serve is greatly appreciated because there are not many who are willing to do what they do.
As far as misuse of equipment, discrimination, and sexual harassment, I’m not going to mislead the public into believing this is what the fire department has turned into because it’s simply ludicrous, (I am a female). I will state that the volunteers work hard to ensure the equipment is properly maintained and I had never once been made to feel discriminated against (I was the first female to be promoted to an officer position) or made to feel uncomfortable in working with the men of SCFPD. It is my sincere hope that issues are resolved so the fire department can move forward and continue to serve the community in a safe and efficient manner.
As a former member of SCFPD (16 years of service), I want to state that those who are willing to volunteer to help the community are few and far between. I’ve seen many people come and go over the years for a variety of reasons. This so called “drama” is merely firefighters who are passionate about what they do for their community. As far as the firefighters running the department, that is not true, however, the firefighters know what they need and a lot of the time their concerns fall upon deaf ears due to lack of leadership at the top of the chain of command. You’re only as strong as your weakest link and unfortunately the weak link is at the top, so what are the firefighters supposed to do? The volunteers of SCFPD want to provide an excellent service to the community and despite the problems; I believe they do their best to accomplish that and would like to set the standard high. It is difficult to accomplish much, whether you are a paid employee or a volunteer, when you feel you have no support from the chief and the board of directors. I attended this meeting and since I’m no longer on SCFPD and my views are no longer personal from a firefighter point of view, rather as a taxpayer in the district. I could understand both sides during the discussion between Mr. Pate and Mrs. Davis. The firefighters have been shown disrespect by the board president; however, I understand her job as president and the job of the other board members. I believe there needs to be more consideration given to those who respond to calls and they deserve to be heard. There appears to have been some miscommunication regarding trucks and where to house them. As a former firefighter, I have to agree with the concerns of the firefighters on how to house new trucks in an efficient manner as to not delay their response in getting to whatever incident they have been paged out to. This is something the Chief should have brought to the board instead of assuring them there was room for 2 trucks. In my own opinion, stating housing the trucks is not practical but “doable” is not an acceptable answer. The discussion regarding expanding stations is not new; it’s something that has been on the table for a few years, so it should have been taken into consideration when there was discussion regarding purchasing new trucks. Also, regarding the trucks, perhaps someone should look into checking IF there is a conflict of interest due to the board president’s business being contracted towards maintenance and repairs to SCFPD’s trucks.
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