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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Some Ambulance Calls Not Answered In Bolivar, NY

Volunteers’ bickering keeps some abumlance call from being answered in Bolivar

BOLIVAR - To say things are tense among members of the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department might be an understatement. According to some members, tension has escalated to the point where calls for help are going unheeded by the ambulance crew.

“Our purpose is to save lives and protect property,” David Halleck, lifetime member of the department who was active until approximately two months ago, said. “You’re taking away the focus of what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re talking about people’s lives. It’s nothing to screw around with or bicker over.”

The source of the tension is debated among the volunteers.

Some point to last year when the public shot down an attempt to make the fire department and ambulance two separate entities. More...


Anonymous said...

Sounds like it's house cleaning time....volunteers or not...that is completely unacceptable.

Anonymous said...

sounds like bolivar will never change them people are out for themselves and thats it!!!!!!!!!!!they need to kick them all out and start over with credentials

Anonymous said...

How can this volunteer fire and rescue group not answer needed calls?? Does sound like the state of NY should be "checking this out!!"

Anonymous said...

Heck, Allegany County dispatch should call Tioga County and get Shinglehouse Dept.39 responding because Dept.39 can get out door pretty quick.

Anonymous said...

Boy, having dealt with the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance group I do know they respond like they are being paid big bucks, but, of course, they are not. I think no one else could do better than our Volunteers!!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like volunteers from bolivar need to suck it up and put disputes behind them. Its about helping people in your community, if you're gunna let your ego's get in the way then get out.