South Carolina firefighters use social media to highlight long hours, short staffing

  • Source: WMBF-TV NBC Myrtle Beach
  • Published: 10/04/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Multiple calls, extremely long hours and short staffing. Those are just a few issues Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire District crews are dealing with. Fire Chief Norman Knight said they’re using social media to shine a spotlight on these issues. Back in July, the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire District asked voters to pass a tax millage increase with the goal of increasing salaries, adding staff and bringing in another paramedic ambulance. The final vote was against the increase and Knight said he believes it’s because the department’s need wasn’t clearly explained. “The referendum wasn’t just about putting on another ambulance and trying to hire people for that. While that was one of the main focuses, it was also to generate more funds that we can be competitive with the rates that we pay our [employees], and the salaries we pay our [employees], and benefits we pay our employees,” he said.


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