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Here’s The Scoop …. VFD FIREHOUSE… “JERRY-RIGGED” ….

“JERRY- RIGGER”!…

Dear Readers…Below is the latest from the biggest “Rigger” in town…. reported by Fallan Patterson…. (Hi-Riser/Sentinel online)…with commentary….

‘Lauderdale-by-the-Sea seeks grant for $3M fire station

September 3, 2009

Since Lauderdale-by-the-Sea took control of its Volunteer Fire Department from Broward County last year, the town has acquired several fire trucks and a fire boat and has created a beach patrol unit. But it isn’t finished yet.’

BC- THAT’S AN UNDERSTATEMENT!

‘Town officials applied for a $3 million grant in July from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to build a new fire station. The current building, constructed in the 1960s, is located behind Jarvis Hall on Bougainvilla Drive and is not equipped to house the rapidly growing department, which has become a sort of professional training facility for recently graduated firefighters unable to find a paying job.’

BC- THE VFD UNDER MCINTEE’S TRAINING FAILED MISERABLY IN THE ISO REPORT… OUCH!…

‘The active portion of the department — where the trucks are kept and the on-duty firefighters are housed — is run down, and the department’s administration offices are located alongside the Broward Sheriff’s Office in a converted hotel on Ocean Boulevard.

“The current fire station is antiquated and out-of-date,” said Jerry McIntee, the town’s vice mayor and Volunteer Fire Department deputy chief. “The present firehouse was never built for a fire department; it was jerry-rigged.”

McIntee said he is most concerned about the sleeping quarters used for on-duty firefighters, which he described as “a room that was fashioned for them.”‘

BC- THE FIRE HOUSE WAS BUILT FOR THE FIRE TRUCKS…AND A 1960’S VFD THAT CAME FOR THE FEW FIRES THEY NEEDED TO RESPOND TO…JUST AS MOST VOTERS IN 2008 THOUGHT WOULD BE THE WAY IT BE WITH THE RETURN OF THE VFD IN 2009/ IT SEEMS QUITE APPARENT THE $2+ MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL WAS A MAJOR BLUNDER TO PURCHASE/ THE VICE MAYOR-DEPUTY CHIEF HAS JUST INDICATED THE VFD IS VIOLATING CODE BY SLEEPING IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX…WHICH THE TOWN MANAGER FOUND SHE COULD NOT ALLOW …AFTER THE COSTLY ACQUISITION…OOPS!

‘Town spokesman Steve d’Oliveira said that by acquiring grants, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea can complete projects while maintaining low taxes.

“The Town Commission is always urging town staff to apply for county, state and federal grants we can use,” d’Oliveira said. “It’s always good to apply for federal funds like this, because if the town can get them, it’s a way of paying for a significant capital improvement project without using local property taxes.”‘

BC- FEDERAL GRANTS REQUIRE MONIES FROM THE TOWN AS WELL / WE SHOULD HAVE WAITED/ CALL FOR A MORATORIUM UNTIL MARCH 2010

‘The Volunteer Fire Department is not seeking any funds for additional equipment. The 69-member force boasts two ATVs for its beach patrol, a 102-foot ladder truck, three fire engines, a fire boat, a personal water craft for rescues and is currently discussing the creation of a dive rescue squad. The department also spent $2,000 in May installing 22 life poles along the beach. The numbered poles are equipped with a life preserver every 500 feet and identification markings so 911 callers can give their location during an emergency.’

BC- A dive rescue is EXPENSIVE. Specialized equipment is required by OSHA, you need mandatory extensive medical recurrent checkup .They need some specialized training. Dive rescue is not just diving, it’s about safety under water, exposure to chemicals and pathogens from dead body and others hazardous substance, search pattern, communications, etc…Start up is costly…. BUT BOY IT SURE SOUNDS LIKE MC-FURTH FUN…FUN…FUN!….

‘According to online statistics, the Volunteer Fire Department has responded to about 1,000 calls since taking over last October. In July, the department responded to 38 fire calls and 42 medical calls.’

BC- CHA-CHING….SEE THE INCOME/EXPENSE REPORT…VFD category….

link without commentary below….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/sfl-flhrbstation903hrbsep03,0,5192491.story

more to come…

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