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Volunteer Firefighter Program Ending

It’s a tradition in Nevada City that goes back over a hundred years, but it looks like it’s coming to an end…

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That’s why Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed is going to recommend to the City Council not to fund the volunteer fire program anymore…

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Goodspeed started as a volunteer, and so did many of his colleagues. At Monday night’s meeting to discuss administrative consolidation, Goodspeed got a good look around him…

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Goodspeed is requesting the Council vote to eliminate the Volunteer Firefighter Program for Fiscal Year 2014-15. The council is likely to approve that request at their meeting tonight.

1 Comment

May 15, 2014

Jay Nau

I am proud to say I am a firefighter with Nevada City. I feel the Paid Call Firefighter's are partially to blame for this. We haven't been making the trainings as much as we should. Some of us have been trying hard to make the required hours. As far as the response, this is not acurate either. I know I have been at more calls then are listed. Problem is they don't always get logged. I also don't put in for these. I am there because of my love for the fire service and helping out the full time staff. I believe one of the problema with the program is how we get paid. We get a check every 6 months for the training and calls we go on. I can't imagine many people are out there that can work and wait 6 months to get paid.

The PCF program is also meant to be a form of reserves. The PCF's come in to help on large scale incidents. PCF's were a vital role when the Friar Tucks building went up. We are there to help when big storms hit. I know I have spent many nights running calls in major snowstorms. We also help in city events such as bike races and soap box derby. With the PCF program gone, these events may not have the staffing they had in the past. With the PCF program gone, the city fire department will be made up of 3 people. I also don't feel we cost that much to keep with the department.

By all means, if we don't make the training requirements then we should be ask to step down. But don't get rid of the people reuly love the job and what is involved. I hope the City reconsidera their decision!

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