New Waverly Fire Department Funding Cut

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New Waverly Fire Department Funding Cut

Published on August 20, 2014 by Larry Crippen

New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jimmy Williams reported to KSAM News that “New Waverly City Council members voted unanimously at their last council meeting to cut funding for the New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department.” He says, “For the past several years, the council has budgeted $20,000 annually to the Volunteer Fire Department to help fund their operations. Williams reports that, “The New Waverly VFD raises money each year through fundraisers and is also supported by funding from Walker County Commissioner’s Court and Walker County Emergency Services District #2.”

Williams added that, “In recent years the funding from the city has helped firefighters construct a new building adjacent to their existing fire station to house firefighters and Walker County EMS around the clock. A crew of firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics now man the station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Williams reports that, “Our plan was to continue to utilize the city funding to address our needs.” “Without that funding,” he says, “we may be forced to delay the improvements in New Waverly or shift those firefighters to another station where there’s more room. We are looking for alternative funding sources and may have to delay some of our capital improvement plans.”

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