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Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. inspection report expected this week

Members of task force are waiting on information before making final recommendations

December 05, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

An inspection report on the suspended Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. is expected to be completed this week and a task force that is supposed to make recommendations for the department could meet again Monday, fire officials said earlier this week.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted in July to suspend Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. indefinitely for not responding quickly enough to calls. The task force was given three months to come up with possible solutions for getting the department running again efficiently.

When the task force last met Nov. 19, members of the group decided to wait for the results of an inspection of the fire company by the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association before proceeding with making final recommendations.

At the Nov. 19 meeting, fire and rescue association president Dale Hill said the rescue association had to obtain a lot of information from Fairplay, including training records and turnout gear that had to be obtained from people’s houses.

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Hill said on Dec. 3 that work on the inspection has been slowed in part because the chairman of the fire and rescue association’s standards committee has been ill.

Hill said the fire and rescue association will have to be careful about how it releases information about the training records because the association’s attorney has said the names of members and officers of Fairplay cannot be divulged as part of the inspection.

Paul Miller, chairman of the task force studying Fairplay, said the group might meet Monday. Miller said the commissioners want final recommendations from the task force “soon” and that the group would like to get those recommendations to the commissioners by Dec. 18.

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