Sometimes, it takes many hands for heavy work
Staff - Editor

Take Me To Post Comment Form

Among the items discussed as county commissioners chewed over the budget was buying smaller trucks for the county fire department, trucks that could be used when they get called out to incidents that don’t require firefighting equipment. The large engines get about 9 to 10 miles per gallon.

Firefighters often respond to medical calls, and as Fire Chief Jack Burnsed explained to commissioners, their strength in numbers often is needed — especially if the person needing assistance is, well, large.

“And the EMTs can’t pick them up,” he said. “There are times when it takes six or seven firefighters to pick them up.”

The chief said it was explained to him by his predecessor that if the fire department stopped responding to medical calls, it would open the door to potential liability. Each call out, he added, also costs the department about $400, figures that also may be a few years old.

“It’s probably gone up,” he said.

Also, the county now has begun putting up videos of the commission meetings on its YouTube channel. Go to, find the Links tab (mine shows up on the very bottom of the page) and click on Effingham County Government YouTube Channel.

Latest Activity: Jul 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Bookmark and Share
Forward This Blog
Print Blog
More Blogs by pdonahue
Send pdonahue a Message
Report Abuse

Blog has been viewed (263) times.

Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by pdonahue
Prescription drug take back with RPD
September 15, 2014
The Rincon Police Department will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 27. People with unused prescription drugs can bring them to the Rincon Police Department on 107 W. 17th St. between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a ...
Read More »
Consolidation talk starts to heat up
September 08, 2014
With the Insurance Services Office, or ISO, consultant working with the various fire departments in the county, could a consolidation of some or all of the departments be in the works? As Springfield Fire Chief Travis Zitterour said to his city council members Tuesday night, a new ladder truck is ...
Read More »
News and notes
August 31, 2014
The Hilton Head Island Packet has reported that the town of Hardeeville across the river has appointed former Rincon city manager Mike Phillips as its interim city manager. And if you live in or visit Lost Plantation frequently, two street names are about to change. Dressler Road will become Dresler ...
Read More »
It's not Drivin' n Drinkin'
August 15, 2014
Having attended a show recently, the band’s lead singer closed their set with his usual mantra of “tip your bartender, tip your friends, tip your mom and remember, life is too cheap to drink short wine,” and then advised the crowd to do this: “If you’ve been drinking, call a ...
Read More »
The voices of summer
August 07, 2014
I don’t watch or listen to the Braves as much as I once did. When they were bad, perhaps the worst franchise in all of baseball and maybe all of professional sports, nothing could sway me from the TV, thanks to the trio of Ernie Johnson Sr., Skip Caray and ...
Read More »
[View More Blogs...]

Powered by
Morris Technology