"The Salisbury Fire Department has been understaffed for years. It has fewer personnel now than it did 10 years ago, while call volume has increased significantly to more than 11,000 runs yearly. The SFD asks the City Council for people every year; the response is: "Find your own funding." It did. This grant will fill current vacancies and soon-to-be-retired positions. We have already paid our federal taxes; why let it be spent in another city? If Salisbury had not accepted this grant, the city would likely never receive another federal grant."
From A Commenter:
"The SFD has not asked Council for new staff for years. The staffing has remained at 66 for at least five years, with no (zero) budget requests from the mayor's office to the council for more. If SFD has asked for more staffing, it's been quietly nixed at the mayoral level before the mayor's budget got to council, with council never being made aware of the request. Requests for city department staffing come from department heads to the mayor, then to the council for budgetary approval, not from department heads to the council."
Publishers Notes: Once again the Daily Times publishes complete LIES in the Grapevine. They know for a fact that this is NOT true at all. Terry Cohen stated SEVERAL TIMES on the record, "66 requested, 66 granted". "66 requested, 66 granted".
I'm sorry Folks but not only can I not stand the Daily Times, THIS IS EXACTLY WHY WE STARTED SALISBURY NEWS! They USE that paper to publish anonymous Grapevine comments to spew lies regularly, especially after we come out with a completely different article telling the TRUTH and making them look bad. Just pop in some convenient anonymous lies and it will make their crap believable.
My hat is tipped to Mrs. Cohen for calling the Fire Department out as well as the Mayor on this issue. The above published grapevine comments continue to prove the Daily Times is still in the Mayor's back pocket, (a figure of speech) and is in damage control mode.