Bill Smith asks…
Why (do) County Fire Administrators have take home vehicles?
We spoke with Donnie Hall of New Hanover County Fire Services. He says only “essential” staff get to take the cars home, and they must be able to respond to a fire if they are called. Since the number of volunteers responding to a call cannot always be guaranteed, there is often a need for extra responders for some fire situations. Plus, those non-essential personnel are almost all “exempt” employees, so they do not have to be paid overtime if they are called out over and above the normal work schedules. When I asked Donnie whether letting the administrators take the cars home was a strain on the department’s budget, he said he thinks they actually come out ahead money-wise, with the money saved by the administrators responding to and helping out at fire scenes.