The Chief opened the floor to questions:
Chief Fair discussed extra costs that will impact future tax rates for our MSBU. These include equipment replacement costs and also increasing the number of firefighters stationed on the Island. Charlotte County has a 6-month study underway to determine the need for personnel, equipment, and new facilities county-wide. Our ad valorem taxes (General) covers the cost for 1 person/ all shifts and our Fire & EMS taxing unit (MSBU) pays for 1 person/ all shifts.
There was discussion of increasing the personnel with the 24/7 coverage. Fire protocol dictates that for every 2 firefighters that enter a building, there must be 2 firefighters that remain out. This protocol can only deviate if life is in danger. We only have 3 firefighters on per shift at this time. Chief Fair also reminded us that Station 10 personnel are exclusive to the Island. They do not leave to respond to emergencies anywhere else.
Finally, the Chief talked about the Red Dot Program, which homeowners can use to indicate the ready availability of emergency information for the responders. Literature was provided. Information about the Red Dot program is available at the firehouse.