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Update…..THE RETURN OF THE VFD

IS THIS HOW YOU ENVISIONED THE VFD?

When standing side by side with the VFD and the CIC in the “trenches” ….as the sun went down on that November day after the voters came to vote “NO-NO-YES-YES”…. putting the Old Guard on notice for the future of this town…..this writer was front and center as….the VFD was terminated ….in an act of revenge!….

Watching then-Commissioner McIntee walk away with his cell phone….getting the news….the rug pulled out from under this sweet victory….we all knew was ours…. way before the results came in…..

Resolve came from that day forth….to fight ….and get the VFD back home…. back inside their locked out…padlocked…. headquarters….where they belonged…..

It took time…. an ill-fated VFD lawsuit…and failed VFD  P.R campaign………it took scores of dedicated people….it took an intense….hard fought election…..and finally it came ….the VFD could have the keys to open the door once more…..

Throughout all the planning….all the campaigning….the former VFD leaders exclaimed…. it was the difference between “David and Goliath”….. it was the VFD and the BSO….

We are a small town…with only 4-5 fires a year…we were informed…..

We took care of this town…..with a small group of volunteers for close to 50 years….and can do it again….

But suddenly….for those who longed for a return of this type VFD …keeping it in-line with the “small town village”….that definitely enforced its appeal…..to the residents….

it has “morphed” into something quite different….

We have now purchased a hotel for approximately $1.77 million…. which will become a “Public Safety Center”…  for VFD/BSO Police and AMR….needing to be refurbished….in accordance with ADA guidelines….State/County codes….

We were informed by the Town Manager at the last Commission meeting that she plans a garage to be built next to the hotel for the 4 fire trucks and other vehicles….also will require ADA/State/County requirements…

We have been told by VFD/ Vice Mayor McIntee ….VFD/Commissioner Sillverstone and  VFD Chief Perkins…the “ever changing” “cap” for the VFD trainees is not 50…not 70….not 90….but 100!

Commissioner Silverstone said that Plantation has a rotation of 200 trainees…as if this was something to emulate….

Plantation is approx. 10 times larger than LBTS!

What do you do with 100 trainees?….

Who continually trains them?…..

Is there a fire safety academy in LBTS’ future?….

will dorms be in the new acquisition?…

Is this what a former detective did in the past….train the trainees? ….

What will be the cost to the town?….

What will be the cost to the VFD….the private Non-For-Profit Corporation?

A resident a few weeks back told this writer….”Jerry will not run again….he will become the VFD Fire Chief.”….

BCbythesea….never saw this one coming!….

YIKES!

BCbythesea…and many other residents….really did believe…..the VFD was going to be just so happy to be home….

So what gives?….

more to come…..

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