To the Editor: This is a life and death decision for us

To the Editor: This is a life and death decision for us

I recently read an article about many positive efforts to improve the economy of Marion County. I also read, and am experiencing, the results of one area of negative impact on the economy of Marion County. And that is the continuing exodus of our fire and EMS personnel caused by the embarrassing low salaries — […]

Fire crews had no choice; delayed response time to Monday’s tornado

Fire crews had no choice; delayed response time to Monday’s tornado

Ocala, Florida — Marion County Fire Rescue specialty units had a delayed response to the EF-1 tornado that touched down Monday in the Palm Cay and Oak Run subdivisions, located off SR 200. Approximately 50 homes were damaged and at least a dozen more suffered major damage. According to the National Weather Service, an EF-1 […]

County commissioners looking at privatizing part of Fire Rescue

County commissioners looking at privatizing part of Fire Rescue

Ocala, Florida — In an e-mail to county commissioners and Marion County Fire Rescue employees, fire chief and assistant county administrator Stuart McElhaney announced to the agency that the county commissioners have directed staff to hold the line on taxes and look for ways to re-prioritize spending to direct more revenue to the ambulance service. […]

Marion County Fire Rescue & Marion County Sheriff’s Office, railroaded by county leaders

Marion County Fire Rescue & Marion County Sheriff’s Office,  railroaded by county leaders

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Board of County Commissioners once again gave Marion County Sheriff, Chris Blair, an ultimatum in reducing his budget during a hearing held on September 11, 2014, while Commissioner Carl Zalak leaned back in his chair and mocked public safety issues. Commissioners Carl Zalak and Stan McClain were heard […]