Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Bagwell said Wednesday that 360 memberships representing $50,088 in annual subscriptions have been paid, compared to some $30,000 in donations.
said the fee-based program is necessary to keep the fire department, which serves 9,000 residents in a 68-square-mile area, from closing its doors.
The department, he
has said, needs a $400,000 annual budget but now receives about $100,000 a year.
"We knew people were going to be mad at us," Bagwell
said, "but the last thing we wanted to do is kick the proverbial hornet's nest."
said the county
has been sent a bill of some $28,000 for fire protection for county-owned buildings in the Andersonville area.
The fire department will forego that fee if the county
continues its $20,000 annual appropriation to it, he
It is my understanding that Mr. Bagwell
is aslo the sales rep for fire dept. equipment.
Anytime the fire dept.purchases hoses,clothing,fire trucks etc.
It purchases these items through Mr. Bagwell.Sounds like a big conflict of interest.
ertainly a fire dept. of this size would want to get at least 3 bids on any item they are looking to purchase.Looks like the chief is working both sides.
more money they have the more stuff he
can sell the dept.95% of the fire dept. calls are first responder calls to auto accidents.where they charge for showing up whether they are needed are not.
lso my understanding that the dept. want take on a fire if there is ammo in the homes,I would guess 95% of homes have ammo.you might need it to defend your property from Mr. Bagwell
and the boys.
dont think the AFD has the power to levy taxes,which is what they are attempting to do.
guess if Mr. Bagwell
got into the window business,we would all have to buy windows from the chief as well.
r. Bagwell needs to take his
ideas and go back where ever he