Fire Union Prez Blasts County Over Delayed Response Times

DeLand, FL – The head of Volusia’s firefighters union is upset over what he deems to be unacceptable response times for patients in need of emergency medical help.
Jeff Marris, the President of the Volusia County Professional Firefighters Association, penned a post on the V.C.P.F.A.’s Facebook page at 8:55am Wednesday morning to express his frustration over some recent events in the past few days.
“What I’m talking about is treating a cardiac arrest patient in New Smyrna Beach while an EVAC unit comes from the Nova/Dunlawton area of Port Orange,” Marris wrote. “And then waiting at another call in New Smyrna Beach later the same day while an EVAC unit comes from Taylor [Road] & Williamson [Boulevard] in Port Orange. Or, how about a burn victim in the Enterprise area waiting 12 minutes for a fire truck and EVAC to arrive and a fall victim waiting for a fire truck from a County station in DeLand, driving through Deltona past their stations.”
A call to Marris by WNDB News to get more information about those incidents wasn’t immediately returned.
In his post, Marris specifically called out a pair of Volusia County Council members – District 3′s Deb Denys and District 5′s Pat Northey – for not showing enough concern about the situation.
He saved his hardest shots, though, for Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen.
“Dinneen says everything is going fine out there, so I guess that’s how it’s supposed to be,” Marris added. “Politicians, please wake up and realize Jim Dinneen hates firefighters and doesn’t believe in efficient public protection. It’s beginning to show in the field, and it’s going to get much worse.”
The firefighters union and Dinneen have been at odds recently over a perceived lack of funding for Volusia County Fire Services, a perceived shortage of available personnel to fight fires or handle emergency medical calls and a proposed plan to “brown out” fire stations during night hours in order to save the county some money.
“The county and its fire union are in contract negotiations,” said Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron via e-mail. “It’s not productive to use the news media in an attempt to gain a public relations or political advantage. For that reason, the county has no response to the union’s latest assertions.”
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