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PNJ watch -six days and counting

April 11, 2007

still no story on the Escambia County volunteer firefighters. Since we wrote on the problems, WEAR TV 3 has done at least 3 reports. WUWF radio – 2.  PNJ – 0. The elderly who depend on…

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PNJ watch – four days and counting

April 9, 2007

The PNJ has still not reported anything about Escambia County firefighters…which was covered by every other news outlet in the area – except WCOA (surprise?). Why isn’t this story getting at least the same coverage as…

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Why care about VFD

April 7, 2007

The blog has taken off on the Escambia County fire protection issue. Some regular blog readers have emailed me on why have I gotten so passionate on the issue. The bottomline is we need an open…

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WEAR TV follows up on VFD

April 7, 2007

…still no news coverage from PNJ. Friday’s follow-up: Firefighter Audit Follow-up An Escambia Volunteer Fire Chief says he wants taxpayers to know what it would cost them to have a fully paid department. It’s an update…

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Why no quotes from full-time firefighters?

April 6, 2007

You will not see any professional, full-time, paid firefighters quoted on WEAR or in the PNJ (if they ever write the story). A gag order has been placed on these county employees by the administration. Instead,…

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WEAR TV 3 covers Firefighter story

April 5, 2007

6 pm news show – April 5 Audit Of Volunteer Firefighters In Escambia County Escambia County Volunteer Fire Departments are under scrutiny tonight….. Over their qualifications and financial activities. With more on this story….. We go…

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Firefighters Update

April 5, 2007

From Duwayne Escobedo: Escambia County hand delivered volunteer firefighter state certification records the Independent News requested two weeks ago. The list gives the name of the volunteers in each station and whether they’re certified. Originally, the…

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County releases study – finally

April 5, 2007

After our attorney, John Asmar, informed the county of its obligation to release public documents, we received finally the Nov. 16, 2006 report on the training status of the volunteer fire departments. The figures differ from…

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Something’s Burning

April 5, 2007

Our cover story for April 5 (Burning Down The House) reveals the troubles of the Escambia County volunteer fire departments – nearly 3 out of 4 isn’t properly certified. The state requires 160 hours of training…

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Brownsville case for Annexation

February 12, 2007

If Brownsville was inside the city limits of Pensacola, would it have been allowed to deteriorate to level it was before Operation Brownsville? No, the Pensacola Police Department, the City’s code enforcement and neighborhoods departments would…

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Chief Perkins responds to Volunteer Prez

November 6, 2006

Escambia Co. Fire Chief Ken Perkins has responded to the letter from Steve McNair, president of the Esc. Co. Volunteer Firefighters Association ( See McNair letter ) We have the letter as a PDF: Perkins Response…

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Tax & Spend County wants to raise taxes for fire

October 27, 2006

The PNJ reports Escambia County was to form advisory committees that will review and ultimately support raising the fees (taxes) paid for fire protection. ( Officials consider fire rate increase) Now residents pay $75 a year;…