Inmates to staff fire stations?
Inmates to staff fire stations? A select group of inmates may be exchanging their prison jumpsuits for firefighting gear in Camden County.

The inmates-to-firefighters program is one of several money-saving options the Board of County Commissioners is looking into to stop residents' fire insurance costs from more than doubling. The county is also considering whether substations or a volunteer force could improve its Insurance Services Office, or ISO, rating. Inmates to staff fire stations? inmates staff fire stations,

The inmate firefighter program would be the most cost-effective choice, saving the county more than $500,000 a year by some estimates. But that option is already controversial, drawing criticism from the firefighters who would have to work alongside - and supervise - the prisoners. camden county georgia,

georgia inmates firefighters $500,000, The concept of inmate firefighters is hardly new. California inmates fought fires in the 1940s, when World War II caused a firefighter shortage. Today, there are more than 4,000 firefighting inmates stationed at 45 camps throughout the state.

GA inmates firefighters drug and thefts, Many others have firefighting inmates, but they typically operate in their own crews out of their own firehouses, supervised by a guard and primarily fighting wildland blazes. The Camden program would put two inmates in each of three existing firehouses, and they would respond to all emergencies - including residential - alongside traditional firefighters. The inmates would have no guard, but would be monitored by a surveillance system and by the traditional firefighters, who would undergo training to guard the inmates. GA inmates firefighters drug and thefts,

County Public Safety Director Dennis Gailey said using the inmates strictly for wildland fires wouldn't be realistic in Camden County because there are so few of them. Crews of strictly inmates wouldn't work, he said, because they need traditional firefighters to supervise them. One traditional firefighter with correctional training can supervise up to three inmates.

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