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Houston County Commission Approves Funding For Help To EMA and UNPAID PROFESSIONAL Fire and EMS

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 26 2018 1:57 PM

HOUSTON COUNTY:      Members of the Houston County Commission met this morning for their regular scheduled Commission Meeting. All Houston County Commissioners were present.

Chairman Mark Culver announced this weekend in downtown Dothan Foster Fest and Jon Jam have combined into one event. Chairman Culver invited everyone to attend for a night of fun in downtown.

Chairman Culver announced the winners of this weekend's Miss Houston County Pageant.

Commissioner Doug Sinqfield announced the Ashford Spring Day was this weekend.

Commissioner Jackie Battles announced the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers had worked on the Little Abby Boat Landing last week and the Ommusse Creek Boat Landing this week. Battles said with all of the flooding the boat landings have been washed in. The Corp are trying to dredge them out to prepare for summer activities.

A reminder of the Elected Officials verses Media softball game to raise money for the Food Bank. The game is set for April 28.

The Commission approved a request from Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah for $ 11,600.00 for a consultant to write grants and revenue sources. This is a contract position. 

This position, who will work under the direction of EMA Director Judah, will seek to generate revenue sources assist the Houston County UNPAID PROFESSIONAL Fire and EMS in Houston County. As a result the assistance will help reduce fire insurance rates for homeowners by reductions in the ISO ratings across the county.

In the month of January some 656 fire and medical emergency calls were handled by the 17 Volunteer UNPAID PROFESSIONAL FIRE, 5 UNPAID and PAID PROFESSIONAL EMS and Pilcher Ambulance. These calls are outside the corporate city limits of Dothan.

No appointment is ever made for an emergency and no particular selection to a person. The UNPAID PROFESSIONAL Fire and EMS throughout Houston County balance between work, family, church and the volunteer service to their communities.

The UNPAID PROFESSIONAL'S place their lives on the line in each and every emergency.

The only difference between UNPAID and PAID: (1) they do it for free (2) they do not have health insurance benefits (3) they do not have a state retirement (4) they do not get overtime because they do not get paid (5) often times have wore out equipment (6) and get lashings from some law enforcement officers because they exceeded the posted speed limit in order to attempt to save life and property  - which ironically could be that of the law enforcement officer who is lashing.

The PAID PROFESSIONALS get into their government owned vehicle, flip the lights and siren on and respond.

The UNPAID PROFESSIONALS get into their private vehicle they pay for, use their own gas, not authorized as an emergency vehicle, not expected to exceed the posted speed limit, wait on traffic, but have a response time to get the emergency vehicle within 7 minutes of the call being dispatched to the UNPAID PROFESSIONAL.

With this position it will allow the UNPAID PROFESSIONALS better serve their community.

The Houston County Commission support both the PAID and UNPAID PROFESSIONAL Fire and EMS throughout Houston County. They want the best service to the citizens and guest of this county.

When Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah was hired, the Houston County Commission have him a directive. Work with the UNPAID PROFESSIONAL Fire and Rescue. Get them what they need to serve. So far Judah has hit the ground running and members of the Houston County Commission have supported him.

The 17 Houston County UNPAID PROFESSIONAL FIRE CHIEF'S in Houston County elected Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah as President of the Fire Chief Association. Judah took over the reigns as President on January 1, 2018.

The Houston County Commission appointed Gloria Jeffcoat and James Etheredge to the Dothan - Houston County Library System.

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