November 7, 2014
TWG has received information that there was a fire this past weekend at Oldcastle in Shady Dale. According to this information, the Oldcastle fire began on Saturday, Nov 1st around 3 pm.
Two men, who are not members of Jasper County’s volunteer fire departments nor have they fought a fire in “years” (according to a social media post), were allowed to stop at a dangerous fire as someone just passing by and climb aboard county equipment and fight a fire. This was all done under the supervision of Fire Chief Jarret Slocumb.
What is wrong with someone stopping to help? The help might have been needed, but the county could be liable for any problems, including the huge liability if these two men had gotten hurt or even killed on the scene.
Additionally, many volunteer firefighters might find this offensive, since over the past several months Chief Slocumb and his cronies have made it their personal mission to “out” and discipline firefighters if they don’t like them, or if they feel they might tell someone in the county what is actually going on.
Sources tell TWG that EMS employees and Fire volunteers have all been threatened with their jobs by Fire/EMS Director James Gregory, Fire Chief Jarret Slocumb, and County Manager Karen Degges if any one of them dare tell someone about problems at EMS and Fire.
The rules never have applied to everyone at Fire/EMS; they only apply to volunteers and employees that are not close friends of the little click (the “special cronies”). Chief Slocumb claims the rules are for everyone’s “safety,” but when you ride by Station 3, look and you just might see the Slocumb children running around playing in the fire station bay or even on the equipment itself. Obviously, Fire/EMS Director James Gregory thinks this is ok since he allows it to continue.
There are still many good volunteers who are overlooked and under appreciated; but many great volunteers that could have been such good assets to our community have left the Jasper County fire service because they are sick of what goes on and won’t participate anymore. Wouldn’t it be great to see Jasper County Fire/EMS return to a system that welcomes all who contribute, not just the ones certain people want there? That can only happen with new leadership at Jasper County Fire/EMS.