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No Crying In The Future When It Is Your House or Family - The Culver/Thompson Plan Failing

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 24 2013 11:44 PM

DOTHAN – HOUSTON COUNTY, DALE COUNTY:   I think the world of the paid and volunteer emergency system. I will fight for you and stand in the trenches to fight for you.


I have identified a problem, and an intentional and deliberate abuse. That abuse has been isolated to Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver and Houston County Personnel Director Sherri Thompson.


The volunteers work their butts off. People do not know what they do and the hours they spend in serving their community. Today there were problems in Houston and Dale County in having enough volunteers off work and available to respond. No fault of their own because they have to make a living for their families first.


A medical emergency in Cottowood, no crews available and Pilcher’s Ambulance was dispatched to handle the medical emergency.


A woods fire in Hodgesville. It took five departments being paged in order to get response and responders to handle the fire. The reason, the volunteers were working. Hodegesville Fire, Rehobeth Fire, Madrid Fire, Cottonwood Fire and Taylor Fire all paged before people answered to respond. O fault of theirs, they have to make a living.


A structure fire in Cowarts. Between Ashford and Cowarts, only about four people to fight an active mobile home fire. And one of those was Matt Boster who works for www.rickeystokesnews.com who was there for news coverage. He threw his camera down and helped fight the fire


Echo Ambulance did not have a crew for a medical emergency at Canterbury Farms. Ozark EMS had to respond.


Skipperville Rescue did not have a crew for a medical emergency. Ozark EMS had to respond.


All through no fault of their own, because each department works their rear ends off, for free, in order to save lives and property. Remember in Texas, at least 4 volunteer fireman lost their lives while donating their time to save the lives and property of others.


Culver and Thompson


I pointed out earlier the slap in the face from Houston County Commission leadership. That issue has been isolated to the ideas, jointly, of Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver and Houston County Personnel Director Sherri Thompson.


Together, these two made a conscious decision to exclude the volunteer fire and rescue in this county in the review of the applicants for Dothan – Houston County Emergency Management Director. The persons they decided to be on the selection committee, most do not know emergency service. Commissioner McClendon, while I like her, has been to the Dothan – Houston County Emergency Management Office for two minutes since she has been a commissioner. She has no earthly idea what is needed in the county. None what so ever.


Commissioner Doug Sinquefield said he was a volunteer fireman. He said he has some certificates. I will give him the benefit of the doubt. However I will submit to you, Commissioner Sinquefield does not know the needs that will be required for the Emergency Management Director.


Dothan – Houston County E-911 Coordinator Steve Collins. While a retired Ft. Rucker Fire Chief, he has not been in Dothan – Houston County long enough to know the needs or players.


Houston County Administrator Bill Dempsey. While a great pencil pusher who knows finances, Dempsey lacks the every day working. He once got the time on the tractor and accused the grass cutting crew of not working the time they said. When it was explained the weed eater, edger, blower and other equipment did not have time counters and are used to cut grass and clean up, it was ohhhhh. He has great number experience, but no practical emergency assistance.


Culver/Thompson got the State Emergency Management representative. That  might be great. But there are every day needs and interactions with local responders and volunteers throughout this county that needs representation on this selection committee. And there is a Farley representative, that is great. Farley is a big player and needs representation.


When you see some of the resumes this “lack of emergency experience in Houston County Committee” has rejected and sent back they are not in the cut, you will be as amazed as I am.


Culver and Thompson, both paid to work full time. See when Culver arrives and leaves and check Thompson – does she arrive on time and leave on time, or arrive for work late and leave earl? Just asking…And Culver, paid for full time – try to catch him in the office.


They are mistreating those who are in the trenches providing the services. They are mistreating those who will be the boots on the streets working with Emergency Management. They are mistreating those who have applied, and two local residents they have rejected have impressive resumes.


I was told clearly by one person on the committee, they have extensive Corporate Experience in looking at resumes. That might be so…but you have ZERO Dothan – Houston County Emergency response experience and not qualified to make the decision. You do not even know the correct questions to ask.


The volunteers need someone to roll up their sleeves and work with them, work with them to develop plans and how to execute those plans. That is one of the functions of the Dothan – Houston County Emergency Management Director.


The Culver/Thompson plan…is garbage!


What Can You Do?


Call 677-4740. You will not get Mark Culver because he is rarely in the office. You can leave a message you do not like it. You can beat Mark Culver in 2014 and send him home. Really, he has been there way to long anyway.


You can ignore it until it is your family house or family that needs help, and then it is to late.


It is my job to bring it to you. It is your job to respond or ignore. But no crying in the future


Hunts

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