The Sneads station of the Jackson County Fire Rescue is open today (5/3/18) and is manned by an EMT. In an interview Jackson County Fire and Rescue Scott Birge Thursday he stated the station was NOT closed. Birge stated this was due to lack of staff to man all stations with the closing of one being an option that the Jackson County Commissioners voted in favor of on Medical Director Rick Bruner’s recommendation.
Birge stated the Sneads station was not the first one to be closed, stating that Campbellton had been closed for one day in recently weeks also. At that time, no harm was done with no emergency calls going unanswered.
Birge said the department has strived to be fair in closing, rotating between stations when the need arises to close a station due to manning it. He stated that with Marianna having two ambulances, if one were shut down, they would still have one on duty at that station.
Birge further stated, “It was discussed to close the station with the least calls or activity but I felt that was unfair to certain communities. I believe a rotation is better for everyone all around. We don’t close the station completely, we do put an EMT there. If they get a call, the EMT responds and the closest ambulance with a paramedic will be dispatched to the location.”
Birge stressed that this was NOT permanent and was for a 24-hour period only. Sneads Volunteer Fire Department is still answering calls.