To think that Calvert, Charles and St Mary's don't have the needed tax base to provide paid Fireman is laughable at best.
I grew up in Montgomery Co and we had paid Fire Depts but we also had BCC Rescue Service that was Volunteer, in the decades I live there I don't ever recall the paid fireman flipping trucks over.
But I recall a monster BCC Rescue truck blowing a red light on Old Georgetown Rd that hit two cars and one Woman driver died.
I watched it happen as a junior HS kid.
The township I live in in Indiana has paid Fireman, the building is nice and modern along with the equipment stored inside.
The average resident property tax bill here is 4 to 600 dollars a year. I own a building that used to be a three bay garage service station, it's taxes are alittle over 800 bucks a year.
We have nowhere near the revenue in the township I live in when compared just to St Marys much less Calvert or P.G.
Maybe these county's need along with the Fire Trucks to Throttle Back on the spending and speeding and hire more responsible people to run the Fire Department.
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All I know is that I am thankful for our FD, EMT, LEO, etc. They are the line between handling it, and chaos. I don't get why this thread has become so critical, and condescending. I won't question anything if I ever have to call 911, and they show up. So far, I haven't had to call 911, but it could happen. Thank you to all that choose to serve their community.
Oh, and yeah, it was an accident. Prayers to the guys who were injured. Nite, nite.
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I do. I know personally. I live in PF and know personally more than a couple.
Check out the press release from the Sheriff's office and the posts I made. The expererience of the Dunkirk FD driver is noted. How do you know he isn't a resposible person?
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Average tax rate is 24%. 24% of $3,000 is $720. Plus pension, etc.Someone correct me, but as I read it, we give volunteers the opportunity to take 3k off their maryland adjusted gross income, not their tax obligation. That's worth 150 bucks on a good day.
I agree, and you're making my point. What is the insurance difference for volunteers vs. professionals? And, how many volunteers need to be trained, equipped, insured, etc., as opposed to how many professionals you need?Volunteers are not 'free' to the state. They have to be equipped, there is the small tax deduction and a small pension contribution for those who volunteer for something like 20 years. Also, there are insurance expenses etc. The volunteer training at MFRI is being paid out of the $13 surcharge on car registrations (along with MSP aviation command). Everything together is still a fraction of the cost of a career FF.
I'm not suggesting the cost is less for a station or two of professional firefighters, but it may be worth the extra cost.
It's not. It's not their job, it's something they do on the side, and don't go into if they don't feel like it or have other obligations. It is secondary to their base job, the one that pays their bills. It is a hobby, no more.Not really. I prefer to go by objective data. What I see are very good response times for a rural area and really no indication that the volunteers in the area are not doing a good job. They invest a lot of their time into training and most stations are busy enough that the FFs remain proficient at their job. It is way more than a hobby for most.
You realize all of this is counter to your argument, right?Going to a career fire service would be a huge investment. All those snazzy firehouses: worthless for a career department. The current network of stations exists based on historical growth of the area, not because someone mapped out call volumes and travel times and found the most optimal location for the stations.
I would not go 100% professionals. Surely, the low population areas don't need it I probably would do a study to see, but would suggest off the cuff that Leonardtown and Lexington Park probably need professionals, and the rest can stay hobby firefighters.I believe SMC has 6 companies right now, a career department would probably have to make do with 3 or 4 for purely fiscal reasons. Those stations would have to be newly built and equipped. If you want to see the county portion of your tax bill bloat to the same level as the school district portion, go ahead and get a career department.
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