March 2, 2017
Jasper County has 7 fire stations. Station 5 is located at Hwy 212 E and Smithboro Rd. This active station prides itself on keeping up its equipment and serving the community and Jasper County whenever there is a need. Something is very wrong when the Station 5 Captain goes to the station and the tanker truck is missing.
After questioning Fire Chief Jarrett Slocumb, who said he knew nothing, and then Chris Finch (Fire/EMS director), it seems that “someone” decided that the tanker truck at Station 5 would be moved to Station 1 (Jackson Lake Rd./Turtle Cove), because they needed it, and the tanker from Station 6 would be moved to Station 5.
According to our sources, the tanker truck from Station 6 has not been kept up, and it is not safe. The exact words were, “Tanker 6 is limping!” So tanker 6 is good enough for Station 5, but not good enough for Station 1.
Who authorized this decision or can the Fire/EMS director go to any station he wants, move equipment, and not tell anyone about it?
Station 1 has fire hydrants close by. Station 5 can only be protected by the tanker truck and by local ponds with dry hydrants. This decision puts the people in the Piedmont area of the county in jeopardy, and it should not be allowed to stand.
Approximately 6 months ago, “someone” tried to move the Station 5 fire truck, and then the Station 5 extrication (jaws of life) equipment. Within the last year Station 5 has lost a squad truck and a brush truck to mechanical issues. These have not been replaced. It seems the Fire Chief and/or EMS director don’t think Station 5 should have the equipment to protect the people on the east side of the county.
This is an issue at Station 5 now, but who knows which Station will be next. Do our commissioners know about this, and if so what do they plan to do about it?
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.