Is The Fire Department Really Broke? Why Are They Hiring A New Asst. Chief For?
Currently the board has approved to hire a new assistant chief of operations. Has anyone looked at the fire department website recently (click here). Is the Fire Department really broke if they can afford to pay over $100,000 a year for a new officer?
Chief Wayne told the board at a recent meeting he can’t do all the work and he needs help! So why can’t the three Battalion Chiefs or the two Captains or the 15 Lieutenants work together to these work?
Also there is one interesting employment requirement that this new officer: “Must reside within a 1 hour response time within 90 days of appointment.” Job Description That means that this officer can live 45 to 65 miles outside the Lehigh Acres Fire District. Nearly 65% of all of the Department employees live outside the boundaries of the district already.
With 1 hour response time you could live as north as Arcadia or Port Charlotte, as south as Naples, or as east as Clewiston, is these rule fair to the taxpayers that pay the bills of the district?
The next meeting is Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 5 pm held at Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, Station 104, 3102 16th St SW, Lehigh Acres, FL 33976 off of Sunshine Blvd.