Blackman Vol FD to Discuss Merger with Baker Vol FD

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Baker Volunteer Fire District has called a public meeting to discuss the feasibility of merging with the Blackman Volunteer Fire District.

Commissioners want to explain the reasoning for the proposed merger and to receive the public’s input on the matter. The meeting will be held at the Blackman Fire station starting at 7:00 pm on October 25, 2016. District residents who desire to know more can attend and be informed on fire protection currently available and prospects for future protection.

The Baker District services 90 square miles and is home to a population of 7000.  The district is growing in residents and has a volunteer force of about 35 non-paid personnel counting Junior Firefighters from the area.  The District operates with 2 Engines, 1 Tanker, and 2 Rescue Trucks.

Baker Fire District currently holds a 5/5 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) which is an advisory and rating organization for the property/casualty insurance industry to provide statistical and actuarial services.  This is an improvement from a 7/9 rating.  It is hoped that by combining the two districts into one available resources will double, ie. Two fire stations, 4 Fire Engines, Three Rescue trucks, brush trucks and tankers would result in a lower ISO rating and reduce insurance cost.

The Commissioners have examined the benefits of merging with the Blackman Fire District as a way of providing better fire protection, under a new name “Blackwater Fire District”.  It is understood that after all the issues have been addressed, The State Legislative Delegation will have to pass a statute to authorize this merger.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Blackman Volunteer Fire District will hold a public hearing at the fire station located at 1850 County Rd 2 Baker, FL
The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the feasibility of merging Baker Fire District with Blackman Fire District and renaming the area Blackwater Fire District.
The public is invited to attend the meeting set for October 25th, 2016, commencing at 7 PM.

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