Warren County Approves South Warren Emergency Services Funding
18 January 2017 News
Tuesday January 17, the Warren County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved just over $56,000 out of its Fiscal Year 2017 Contingency Fund for additional Emergency Services personnel. The money will enable two, full-time paid staff at South Warren Volunteer Company 3 for the remainder of this Fiscal Year.
The urgency of a situation that extends beyond sprawling and mountainous South Warren into other coverage areas was explained at a December 13 work session. Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico told County officials then that Company 3’s core membership had fallen to just three.
With South Warren’s base membership that low in an area comprising 30-percent of the county’s land, the strain extends beyond Company 3. Surrounding departments helped cover over 20 percent of South Warren’s 378 calls last year. That assistance creates coverage gaps elsewhere in the county.
The County will pursue emergency services grants in coming months in an effort to achieve Fire & Rescue’s desired option of four, full-time paid staff at Company 3. Cost of that option is estimated at $240,000 a year. Should the County have to fund it alone, a two-thirds of a penny Real Estate Tax raise would cover the cost.