BOCC Votes to Terminate Hernando Beach Vol F.D., HCFR Will Take Over Immediately
HERNANDO BEACH – Residents who live in Hernando Beach can expect to have better Fire Rescue services, after a Valentine’s Day decision by the Board of County Commissioners removed the old volunteer department and replaced it with Hernando County Fire Rescue.
According to County Officials, the BOCC voted 3-1 yesterday to terminate a contract with the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department and ordered the immediate take over by HCFR.
Officials say there will be a 60-day transition period to allow the County’s Purchasing Department to complete the acquisition of the property and inventory.
Former HBVFD’s Fire Chief Daniel Chichester will be handing over the keys at 2:00 p.m. today and HCFR will assume responsibility at that time.
New services will include a fully-staffed advanced life support engine that will be available 24-hours a day.
HCFR Chief Scott Hechler said “We are able to reconfigure our existing resources to cover our new HCFR footprint.” Heckler further stated, “There will be no additional cost to the Hernando Beach homeowners until October 1, 2017. At that time, they will pay the same as all other Hernando County residents.”
A press conference is scheduled to be held at the Fire Station located at 3451 Shoal Line Blvd at 3:00 p.m. today.
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