Nutter Fort fire levy helps VFD stay 'top-notch', says firefighters
Votes announced Wednesday morning showed Nutter Fort's Volunteer Fire Department's levy passed. The levy takes part of resident property taxes and puts them towards the department.
Firefighter Patrick Clarks says the incoming money will go towards expenses like new firefighter training, which he says is crucial to keeping volunteer departments staffed.
"That's what it takes to effectively run a fire department," says Clark. "It doesn't matter if you have the best equipment in the world, best gear in the world, or if you run 1,000 calls a year. What matters is you have the people to answer those emergencies."
On top of having funds to keep volunteer departments staffed and properly trained, Nutter Fort VFD is also working to offer new services to Harrison and surrounding counties.
"We see resources that the county needs, like a dive team which we're in the process of building. And we offer a wide array of resources. We don't just fight fires or run car wrecks."
The department also receives some state and county funding, as well as hosting a large fundraiser to help keep ahead of vehicle payments and training costs.
Clark says the levy funds will make a huge difference in the way the volunteers can help their community.
"It's not going to be just 'oh, now we have money'. It's that we have money to remain the best of the best, at least in our eyes. Everyone thinks they're the best, but it's to remain top-notch with adequate and safe equipment."
The VFD says they will be able to replace outdated equipment, keep up payments on their trucks and building, and provide firefighters with life saving training.
"When the town needs us we're there, and when we needed the town they were there to help support us as well," said Clark. "And that really does speak volumes to the fire department."