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Volunteer Fire Departments Facing Fiscal Crisis

March 28th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

According to Allegany County Emergency Services Director Dick Devore, the county’s 25 volunteer fire and rescue departments are facing a fiscal crisis. Primarily as a result of growing insurance costs- the departments are struggling to stay afloat. Devore has been working with representatives from the departments for the better part of the last year- and a list of recommendations has been submitted to the county commissioners for consideration- including a possible fire/EMS tax. Devore said currently it takes an estimated $5.5 million to operate the volunteer departments- but only about a third of that is covered by the county- leaving the departments having to rely on fund raisers to round out their budgets. Devore says the budget problem isn’t new- but it has now reached a breaking point…


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