Prior to the visit from the Fire Protection District Board, the commissioners first heard from Mike Bakehouse, who is one of two firefighters who were terminated last year because they lived outside of Massac County.
According to Bakehouse, right now there are six open positions on the county fire department. “It’s hurting the county,” he said.
Bakehouse said the board created the position of captain. “They can’t create a position overnight,” he said.
Bakehouse went on to say that he, David Mizell and David Koch are the firefighters who were terminated because of the residency issue. He said Andy Roads, who was let go because of his attendance on fire calls. Bakehouse said the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is firefighters must attend 30 percent of the fire calls to remain on the department. He noted at the time he was let go, his percentage was about 40 or 50 percent and that Mizell’s was also well over 30 percent. Bakehouse said had he not been terminated, this year would have been his 16th or 17th year as a volunteer firefighter.
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