Shouting match between South Carolina Fire Chief and councilman follows vote on planned ordinance

  • Source: The Berkeley Independent
  • Published: 02/14/2018 12:00 AM

VIDEO - It has been a rough month for first-responders in rural Berkeley County. A few weeks ago a firm hired to assess 26 volunteer departments released its findings from an independent fire study and determined, what a lot of those departments already knew, they are underfunded, understaffed and under pressure. Then at Monday’s Berkeley County Council meeting an ordinance was introduced that would add more county oversight related ambulance service at rural departments, the agenda said the measure would ensure patient safety and the sustainability of Berkeley County EMS. That was the tipping point for one local fire chief, who said he felt double-crossed.


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