I heard from a friend who "heard from a Battalion Chief" that VBFD is merging with VB Rescue Squad and putting them all full time. It's great, in theory, however I see the following obstacles that will hinder this "3 year plan".
- Funding: Unless they have a grant to cross train the, raise the taxes, or just happen to have enough money in their budget to put these guys through the fire academy; then they would be able to train each member (who is already EMT-B and above) from 21 stations to become FF2 certified and also add them to their operating budget. Let's use a base of 100 people for simplicity, and also VBFD's base salary for recruits: $36,995.76 taken from their website.Quote:
Originally Posted by http://www.rescue14.com/index.htm
I'm not a mathematician, so these might be off by a little bit, so here we go:
$36,995.76 * 100
$3,699,579.00 just to hire 100 members, not including training costs and etc, is not going to happen: especially after VBFD just hired 40 recruits.
- Participation: Not all of the volunteers will want to be integrated into the deprtment, some might take pay cuts and some might not want to be hired. So just by integrating the squad and the fire department, they might lose members.
- Taxpayers: Citizens LOVE the FIRE DEPARTMENT and RESCUE SQUAD, except when 1. something doesn't go their way, or 2. when stuff gets expensive. People aren't going to pay more taxes just so they can pay people who were already VOLUNTEERING for free, just reality.
- Applicants and Current Members: the department recently took 1 bajillion applications for the 40 positions they just hired for, some guys and girls were from the west coast (trying to better theirselves :D) and some were local. But to hire volunteers who possibly didn't even apply for firefighting is ridiculous.
EDIT: I meant the all of the rescue squads in that area
NOTE: I am all for the integration, however I just think the politicians will start to notice an increase in funding and start laying off the department; our community cannot let a department go to shambles, it's already happened too many times!