October 23, 2016

SEMMES MAYOR-ELECT DAVID BAKER ANNOUNCES HIS PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN

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SEMMES MAYOR-ELECT DAVID BAKER
ANNOUNCES HIS PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN

      After consulting with firemen, concerned citizens, and attorneys, Mayor-Elect David Baker today announced his plans and proposals for a much-improved Fire and Rescue Service to serve all of the residents now being served, but with faster response times, a more stable workforce, and newer equipment.
The long-serving, much-appreciated, Semmes Volunteer Fire Department of the past exists today in name only. Only three volunteers remain. Now, professional City-paid crews man the three Semmes stations around the clock.

Our Public Safety Committee will work closely with the Fire Chief and other members of the Fire Department to develop a list of urgent priorities, starting with personal safety equipment for all firemen.  I would like to bring those needs to the Council for action as soon as possible.

As we move into this new era of action and change, I want to express my gratitude for the outpouring of encouragement, support, and even offers of Fire Trucks and equipment we are receiving from surrounding fire departments, individuals, and municipalities who are familiar with the Semmes situation.

Being aware, as we are, that the overwhelming majority of emergency calls are medical related – not fire – we will be looking at adding more of the small, faster responding medic vans so that we save costs and save wear and tear on the big fire trucks, while getting there faster.

Official name of the Semmes Municipal Fire Department has yet to be chosen. That will be determined by the City Council, Citizens of Semmes, and the firefighters themselves. Our large service area and the increasing number of rescue calls suggests that we might name it  “Greater Semmes Fire & Rescue.”


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6 thoughts on “SEMMES MAYOR-ELECT DAVID BAKER ANNOUNCES HIS PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN

    • The MCSO is doing this already. Semmes pays them to cover the area. No need to take on another department. This is my opinion anyway. Is there a need for it? Has anyone studied where it would be more beneficial to have a Semmes Police Department? I think the county is doing a good job handling it. JMO.

      • Every growing city in mobile has their own police departments. Saraland,Satsuma,Citronelle and others. I consider Semmes to be as big as Saraland. Mobile city jurisdictions are shrinking, which will give MCSO more grounds to cover.
        Saraland Police expanded their jurisdiction almost to Citronelle on Celeste rd. and Chunchula on 45 pushing MCSO out. These areas now are speed traps bringing in a lot of money just by writing municipal tickets that goes right to the city of Saraland.

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