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Here’s The Scoop….A CHALLENGE FOR THE VFD….

GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY……….

Dear Readers…The VFD site is still not updated…No new information…no VFD Roster…No way to see where the ATVs are as promised…nada…zilch…zero…although the Chief said it was being done “as we speak” at last month’s VFD Report…It goes hand- in- hand with the lax manner we have seen in other areas such as VFD Incident Reports that are not done right after the incident as is the practice that was promised during their transition period and is diligently adhered to by all other public safety providers…such as our own BSO Police and the Pompano Fire Dept..(previously posted)……Their reports also include firsthand accounts by responders from each apparatus on- scene which is not the case with the VFD…..The Sunbiz site shows that the VFD finally updated their officers but it flawed in its accuracy…It lists Captain Hopping as living in Oakland Park, (which may be within the 2 miles in-town rule which some feel is a joke as a rule ) while he is listed on the VFD Roster as a “Regular-In-Town” member…That goes for Capt. Ron McGirr  as well….He is also listed as a “Regular-In-Town” member…while online he has a Fort Lauderdale address…We know that McGirr lives in town….from the Dep. Chief Command Vehicle parked in front when he fills in for Dep. Chief McIntee…OOPS!…

While it’s sadly amusing to see the old photos of former Mayor Parker and old members…along with references to being a part of BSO Fire-emergency…it makes one wonder where the priorities are…Are they only with Mc-Furth P.R. and Big-Boy Toys such as ATVs…Sea Doos and boats?….

One section though really made this writer sit up and take notice…This one should remain…Hell, this one should be put front and center as we face the new budget year…

‘Responsibilities and Objectives
To deliver the right level of fire and rescue services to the Town of Lauderdale By The Sea that assures the needed level of public safety required by the Town; in the most cost effective manner.’

I put forth a challenge to the VFD…Since we have so few fires.. and you have chosen to go on all medical calls for training purposes……You have now cut down the department to only 60 members….Your “2-Hats” members receive no monies….Your Booster Club is flush with advertising and apparatus funds….It looks like  you are doing very well on the current budgeted amount……Therefore the VFD should forgo the 2009-2010 LBTS-VFD contracted 4% increase and/or the $130 fire assessment ….and “give back” to the people you protect …in the most cost effective manner!

Now that would be some good P.R…..

http://www.lbtsfire.com/modules/content/?id=1

http://sunbiz.org/scripts/cordet.exe?action=DETFIL&inq_doc_number=702458&inq_came_from=NAMFWD&cor_web_names_seq_number=0000&names_name_ind=N&names_cor_number=&names_name_seq=&names_name_ind=&names_comp_name=LAUDERDALEBYSEAVOLUNTEERFIREDE&names_filing_type=

more to come….

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