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Chiefland fire protection may not be adequate

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By Carolyn Risner

John Ward is passionate about his job. So passionate that he continues to amass data for the Chiefland City Commission in an effort to persuade its members the city needs full-time fire protection. Now.

For the second time in as many weeks, Ward, the city's fire chief, appeared before the commissioners to outline why the city needs to add four full-time firefighters, in addition to the two it already funds.

Ward wants to pay the salaries for the new hires from a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. But before any of that can be done, he has to have the commissioners' permission to apply for the grant.

Ward explained that during day hours he and another firefighter are available for service. Everyone else who responds is a volunteer. Some can leave their jobs on a moment's notice; others cannot. The situation gets trickier at night when many of the volunteers leave their Chiefland jobs to return to their homes.

Compounding matters is that more and more training is needed for people to be volunteer firefighters.


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