Chiefland weighs firefighter needs

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

The Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to keep John Ward on as Chiefland's fire chief.

Vice Mayor and Commissioner Teresa Barron said, "It's been a pleasure working with Ward."

He's worked hard at getting his required certifications for the position and is not shy about learning new things, she said.

The other commissioners agreed, though Commissioner Rollin Hudson was curious about Ward's relationship with Levy County officials.

More precisely put, Hudson was curious to know why, in his opinion, Levy County was not giving enough money to the Chiefland Fire Department.

Ward said that he believed the city of Chiefland was not aggressive enough, initially, in its pursuit of money from the county.

Later, in a separate agenda item, Ward stood up and asked that the commissioners allow the fire department to apply for a federal grant to help cover the costs of three new firefighters.

The grant, known as the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, would help to offset the lack of money provided by the county, Ward said.

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