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‘This Board Wants 24/7 Coverage’

Fire Chief Chris Eduailey and Deputy Chief Monty Willaford just presented the enhanced service program to the supervisors. This program will use career staff in six stations on weeknights. And will address “a critical shortage” of volunteers, Willaford said. Now, some stations are staffed fewer than 50 percent of night and weekend hours.

The program should start Aug. 22 and would cover the six most understaffed stations from 5 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday.

But it’s not enough, supervisors said.

“This board wants 24/7 coverage,” Chairman Benny Pitts said.

Willaford told the board that the department can’t cover any more stations or hours without more resources.

‘What would it cost the county to go 7/24?” asked Gary Skinner.

County Administrator Doug Barnes said he would be “more than happy” to come back with a price tag. Supervisors unanimously asked for that plan.