Monday, December 11, 2006

Letter by Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Volunteer Fire Department to LBTS Residents

The following are excerpts from a letter by the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Volunteer Fire Department to the residents of the Town dated November 28th, 2006.
"...The illegal actions of the BSO in locking your volunteers out of your fire station, and taking possession of all the fire trucks and equipment that had been purchased with your dollars and making it their own; shows the blatent disregard BSO has for due process."

  1. The termination of the LBTS volunteers was legal, and followed the process agreed upon by both sides in the contract between BSO and the volunteers.
  2. When the Town contracted with BSO for fire service, the Town turned over two fire engines to BSO. BSO uses those trucks to serve the residents of the Town. But both trucks would be given back to the Town if BSO were no longer the Town's fire service provider. A third truck purchased by the volunteers but too old to be used for fire service remains the property of the volunteers.

"...[BSO] broke in to our file cabinet and rifled through our personnel files, extricating personal information illegally."

CORRECTION: When BSO terminated the contract with the volunteers, a fully documented inventory was done at Station 12. Records show no cabinets were broken into, and no personnel files were "rifled through."