11/03/15 191 W - + 2 - 2 Weddington Fire Service Explainer Video

From a reader (thanks Parker!), here's one of the most interesting videos that I've seen in some time. (And a superb use of visuals and social media to educate and motivate citizens.) Was posted to YouTube by Pam Hadley, who is a candidate for Mayor in Weddington, NC. The municipal election is today, November 3.

The well-produced video targets the current mayor in the context of decisions about fire protection, specifically the town's cancellation of its contract with Providence Fire Department. The department (which has ceased all service) subsequently filed a lawsuit against the town (which has contracted with Wesley Chapel FD). See blog post from July.

This one's a lengthy video, nearly thirty minutes. And it's detailed. Lots of information here, including an excellent overview of fire service delivery models and issues relating to funding, districts, and station locations. Lots of possible reader reactions, as well.

Thoughts on this one? Both on their end and on ours? (e.g., will we something like this locally someday, to leverage public opinion or decisions about fire services in our area?)

View on YouTube

I’ve followed it from the beginning as I heard about it through family and kept following. The two affidavits are what gets me. A former mayor, very respected and a former firefighter for both departments who people trust. Both seem to have known about some form of fraud and improper disclosure in the PVFD termination and hiring of WCVFD. And the crazy thing is how much money PVFD could get back if they do win this and prove termination without cause AND fraud. We are talking upwards of $2,000,000.00! What does a department do wit such money? It will be a fascinating suit to follow. Lawsuits in the fire service are rare and this could have big implications. If they do find fraud and termination without cause, what a shame that would be for all of us.
Parks - 11/03/15 - 09:31

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