HAGERSTOWN -- Fire and rescue companies that operate two stations should get double the county funding of companies with only one station, Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association President Glenn Fishack told the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday.
The county has two companies with substations, which currently get only about one and a half times the funding of the other companies, Fishack said. Those stations are the First Hose Co. of Boonsboro Inc., which has a substation in Rohrersville, and Community Rescue Service Inc., which has a substation in Maugansville.
"We've got two fuel bills, two electric bills, two of everything," said Oley Griffith, the Boonsboro company's chief. "We're maintaining two stations on one big salary."
Griffith said the company cannot keep up with the population growth in its service area without additional funding.
In addition, Fishack said the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, Md. Inc. should get double funding because it provides ambulance service as well as fire.