Martinsville could eliminate part-time firefighters
Cut included in city's proposed budget
“When we show up to a fire scene, we have a lot of decisions to make,” Martinsville Fire Chief Ted Anderson explained. “Our part-timers help to supplement that. When we show up without having the part-timers help supplement, we’ve got to make decisions; can we send our firefighters in?”
In an effort to be fair to other departments, yet still serve citizens effectively, Anderson said he recommended eliminating part-time firefighters.
If part-time firefighters are eliminated, that would limit the department to a max of six firefighters per shift.
“While those medical calls were ongoing, our city was without coverage,” said Anderson.
Christopher Bouldin was just hired on as a full-time firefighter after a year and a half of working part-time.
“It would hurt as far as their supplemental income, as well as it would also hurt the department as far as having trained people ready to go to full-time positions,” Bouldin emphasized.
A second budget work session is scheduled for April 13 and a third for the 17.
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