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Why does the Castle Hayne fire department use county-owned fire engines to run errands?

Kevin Maurer
Castle Hayne fire truck

A Castle Hayne Volunteer Fire Department truck was on the scene of a woods fire in 2003. (StarNews file photo)

Matt Davis, New Hanover County’s fire marshal, said firefighters are allowed to take trucks to the grocery store once a day and use them on other official errands, like trips to the hardware store for parts and tools.

“They are not allowed to use it for personal errands,” Davis said.

Firefighters work in teams, and Davis said they try to keep these teams together in case there is a call. Using the trucks for official business makes it easier for the firefighters to respond if there is a call and they are away from the station.

Plus, if the firefighters used their cars to run errands, the county would have to pay mileage.

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4 Responses to “ Why does the Castle Hayne fire department use county-owned fire engines to run errands?”

  1. On February 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm yep wrote:

    the reason is that if they have a call they can respond

  2. On February 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm stan wrote:

    The question asker obviously has no clue about fire dept day to day operations. What makes them think the errands are even personal. Why did they target Castle Hayne.

  3. On March 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm NEPender wrote:

    Well, if this question was asked after the county/volutneer FD “consolidation”, then the Castle Hayne Volunteer Fire Department no longer exists. THe trucks now belong to the county.

    Keeping the crew together at all times is a definite must in the fire service. If the team is even one member short, then the team cannot function correctly.

    Do NFL teams travel to games and events together, I’m pretty sure they do.

  4. On March 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm Jeremy wrote:

    I think it’s more than evident that I [the ‘Question Asker’] have no idea how the day-to-day operations in a fire house goes…Why else would I ask a question about it? Thanks for you stunning observation, Captain Obvious.


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