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.”