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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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  • Long over due. Wayne Dukes should be shown the door as well.

    Friday, 17 February 2017, 4:11 pm
  • Hernando beach is taken over, so let’s just take a engine from another zone and move it out to the beach. Who’s idea was this? He should be fired and sued when a incident happens in the zone he left open.

    Friday, 17 February 2017, 11:55 am
  • I pay taxes willingly for the outstanding fire service I have become accustomed to for many years. First the BOCC took away SHFR to merge with the county. Mistake number 1. I had accepted that. The service seems to have maintained the same high standard. Now our equipment we paid for through taxes has been moved to Hernando Beach, and they are not responsible for paying for this service until October 1st. According to recent meetings of the board, it was discussed that the Fire Dept. is talking about cutbacks, and have some financial problems. So now the board has taken on another service with no funding at this time from the residents of Hernando Beach. They deserve a quality service, and should be happy to pay for that. Lives and property is at stake. There is no denying the volunteer dept. had issues, and I base this on what I learned listening to the BOCC meetings. Commissioner Dukes has defended this dept. long enough, but I do not feel services in other areas of Hernando County should suffer in order to provide services to HB. Fire and Sheriff’s departments are critical to maintaining health and safety to our community and ALL the county. You want cutbacks, look at some of the salaries of our government officials.

    Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:23 pm
  • I personally watched a member of the VFD using the county truck to drive his girlfriend on errands including picking up and dropping off her kid (frequently) at her parents home in Spring Hill no where near Hernando Beach.

    Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:25 am
  • Sad day when another volunteer fire department closes doors….All I will say.

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 7:22 pm
  • Way over due, commission is to blame for allowing this to go on as long as they have. We need to know how long commissioners have had the supposed crimes at the VFD and why they hid it.

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 5:34 pm
    • David Freda and Wayne dukes are friends. Wayne dukes has always had his back! Freda has a list a mile long and it is always brushed under rug by Wayne dukes.

      Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 11:08 pm
    • The commissioners were just elected. Give them a chance to clean up the mess they were handed!

      Thursday, 16 February 2017, 7:44 am
  • Wow people writing and have no idea what they are talking about. Volenteer dept was a joke a bunch of young kids using it as a club house. They were not trained or qualified to do a proper job. They were completely useless. They couldn’t go inside a fire they weren’t qualified lol. They only had first responder training supposedly And there criminal investigations going on for them stealing money Now for the county fire dept they are in debt because of previous county commissioners who voted to lower taxes and never raised them as dept grew They were told and were aware they can’t function on what commissioners set years ago. Maybe the ones who should be mad are the people that live in the area they took the county fire truck away and moved it out there those people who pay there taxes now have lost THERE fire truck they payed for

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 5:22 pm
    • You couldn’t be more correct. Must have worked there before also.

      Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 11:04 pm
  • This is all about the county being broke and having to try to cover losses with politics

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 5:16 pm
    • Wrong, it’s about David Freda being corrupt and calls going unanswered.

      Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 11:02 pm
  • Worst and most corrupt dept ever! Chief Fred is and his little side kick need to be held accountable for the missing funds and violations. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the unlawful, dangerous practices that took place there. Just think these douche bags work at the brooksville fire dept now.

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 2:19 pm
    • shame to think yu work for the county and wonder why your dept is in the hole for 7.5 million last yr,they had to get a loan and it will be more this yr,is it misappropriation of funds or poor management,these res can plan on a rate increase to help pay you loud mouth no it alls..

      Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:10 pm
    • Nobody is ever held accountable in Hernando County if they work for the government….FACT!!!

      Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 4:14 pm
  • Now watch your taxes go up. That is the plus side with any volunteer dept.

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 1:52 pm
    • Till you need the fire dept. then it’s priceless!

      Thursday, 16 February 2017, 10:19 pm
  • Well, they finally figured out that the half a** volunteer department was shot of useless

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 1:35 pm

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