What is you opinion on firefighters also serving as Fire District board members?
Monroe City Fire/Rescue
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08-01-2000, 10:21 PM #1LgreevesFirehouse.com Guest
Firefighters on the district board?
08-01-2000, 10:27 PM #2NUMBYFirehouse.com Guest
Where I work, we are a fire district. We have 2 fire department members on the board. I think that there is some type of rule here in KY that states the makeup of the fire district. We have 2 fire department members, elected by the membership, 2 home owners from the city that are elected by the public, and 3 people are business people in the city appointed by the county judge. It is nice to have 2 of our own people on the district because it gives us a voice on some issues. On some issues the 2 members arent allowed to vote due to a conflict of interest.
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08-02-2000, 10:02 AM #3bob1350Firehouse.com Guest
We got one. He is a paid firefighter on our dept and a volunteer on another as well. Great guy, does a heck of a job and has no agenda of his own. Once in a while he will abstain from voting on a issue if he feels it a conflict of interest.
08-02-2000, 10:10 AM #4iwood51Firehouse.com Guest
I think it's a great idea. All five of our Board members are current or past firefighters. At least they know the basics of what we're asking for as far as equipment, training, etc.
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08-02-2000, 01:03 PM #5Neil MurphyFirehouse.com Guest
We have one active member on the District Board. There is no better way to ensure the board understands the needs and requirements of the Fire Department.
08-02-2000, 03:35 PM #6jj1967Firehouse.com Guest
Not to be a pain, but I'm not a big fan of this concept. I have had the misfortune of being on a department with a member who was on the board of wardens. I felt it undermined the chief. I have no problem with members speaking as private citezens in open meetings with the board, but shouldn't sit on them. It undermines the chain of command. I also feel chiefs shouldn't be in the union for the same reason, school teahcers shouldn't be on the school board etc.
08-04-2000, 05:33 AM #7D.SCHWERFirehouse.com Guest
There should not be a problem if that person can wear two hats, one of a commissioner and that of a firefighter.
We have a commissioner that is also a fire fighter and some time he is put on the spot at fire company meetings to answer as a fire commissioner. My answer would be to come to the commissioner meetings to get your answer.
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08-09-2000, 05:50 PM #8LgreevesFirehouse.com Guest
I was elected onto our newly elected Fire District board on Aug. 8 . I am joined by four other board members, two of which are also firefighters. Our newly formed fire district is called Monroe City Area Fire Protection District. The only problem is that the voters turned down the tax levy. We are going to have a hard time now.
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