Fire-EMS takeover needs more scrutiny

On Jan. 28 I attended the King William Board of Supervisors meeting at the King William County Administration Building. The public comment period for our local citizens should have raised questions that demanded answers.

When you have long-term fire and EMS volunteers comment and say the county’s new plan to reorganize and manage the KW Volunteer Fire and Rescue system will make the volunteer system suffer, all should take notice. The two problems I was able to hear were: creating a workplace atmosphere where communication is one sided and volunteers and members are being picked to support the county stations at the expense of the volunteer stations, which will also get reduced funding.

Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Chief Curtis Mason Jr. stated he had a check for more than $500,000 to fund and help run King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the county would not have to pay a cent. He was told “No.”

It would seem our new fire chief and at least three members of the board are more of the problem than the solution. The “our way or the highway” attitude, when there is a viable solution that will keep tax payers from having to bite the bullet, should not be lost.

Conservative supervisors Hansen and Ehrhart showed the concern, value and attention to budget issues they promised their constituents when they ran for their current positions in 2015. The three progressive supervisors and their allies seemed to be on a fast track to get the deal done ASAP.

If we have a debate for the next election, I suspect there will be some fire and EMS people there with some questions for at least three of our supervisors they may not want to have to answer.

Paul Jamerson

King William

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