Time to unite

Issue 10 and Volume 151.

Time to unite William Dryburgh Fire Chief City of Punta Gorda (FL) Fire Department A few years ago when I was running for second vice president of the Florida Fire Chiefs, I noticed as I drove around the state the large number of volunteer fire departments protecting small communities throughout the state. Those same communities did not have police protection and, in most cases, were protected by the County Sheriff`s Office or the State Highway Patrol. That means that the fire service has its presence in almost every city, county, or special district in the entire state. With such a strong presence, why doesn`t the fire service have a major role in what goes on in this state and every other state in the nation? Could it be that the people in power know we`re not united? Police agencies work together every day to apprehend criminals, pass on vital information,…

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