Request for full time fire fighters has Sylva leaders back at budget table
A request for nearly a dozen full time fire fighters has Sylva leaders and town staff back at the budget table. Sylva Fire Chief Mike Beck asked board members to add 11 full-time firefighters to the current volunteer roster earlier this year and said the additional crew would get Sylva boots on the ground faster to those calls. The town conducted a study on the issue which recommends a volunteer force of at least 22. Funding for the additional firefighters would come from the town and the county, as more than half of calls the SFD responds to are outside town limits, while some are in support of county fire departments.