Millville First Responders have doubled size, need more funding

MILLVILLE– The City Council heard the 2010 report from Dave Davenport, representative of Nibley-Millville First Responders, at Thursday’s meeting. The council also discussed changes on the Planning and Zoning Commission and set a public hearing for concerns about the the city’s new FEMA Flood Plain Ordinance on March 10 at 7:15 p.m. The ordinance states that in the future, the city will automatically adopt new flood ordinances from the state without voting on it. Davenport told the council about the improvement in efficiency and organization of the program last year. “It’s good to be here and be able to say that from our six last year, we now have 12 members,” Davenport said Davenport said the squad works 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. He said in 2010 there were 730 shifts, and they were only out of service for 2 hours and 45 minutes the entire year. “If anyone picks up a phone and dials 911 in Nibley or Millville, at least one of our guys answers,” Davenport said. “We’re generally the first ones on the scene.” He said at least one member of the group stays in the area, even on holidays. They are the only EMS squad in the area who use their own vehicles, he said, and the work is entirely volunteer.

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