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Jerry Galland

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Never advocated ending 24 hour shifts

October 5th, 2013 at Sat, 5th, 2013 at 9:43 am by Jerry Galland
Had a great conversation while sign waving yesterday when a citizen went out of his way to talk with me. (hope his ice cream didn’t completely melt!)
Seems the rumor is I want to end the 24 hour schedule. (I wonder who started that?)

That has never been said by me but has become rampant talk among firefighters.

We depend on having our firefighters available at fire stations with dependable equipment to save our lives.

It has been proven many times the 24 hour shift model is the most efficient way to accomplish this.

Having dedicated firefighters serving this way is what grants us a Class 2 rating.

This rating has a trickle down effect, affording us several related benefits like better homeowners insurance rates and better bond rates.

Never have I advocated for changing the work schedule from 24 hour shifts or supplementing our full time firefighters with volunteer personal.

Challenge your source, Ask for proof.

Don’t simply repeat the rumor. The best way to determine validity of a rumor is to ask the source.

Of course, if you are being bullied into not thinking for yourself, getting spoon fed lies becomes expected.

Intelligent people think for themselves. Make decisions based on facts, not rumors.

I am active in the arena of government accountability. In order to stay on the pulse and help keep the public informed, without compensation, I have attended every regular meeting and almost every Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners since October 2010.

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