On behalf of the 208 professional firefighters and officers who make up the Charleston Firefighters’ Association, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 61, I want to thank City of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Chief Financial Officer Steve Bedard and members of City Council.

The recent public safety millage increase passed to refurbish existing fire stations and develop new Charleston public safety buildings is the latest example of the their commitment to public safety.

Their vision, hard work and dedication to supporting the city’s firefighters has not gone unnoticed by the members of Local 61. With our city growing every day, the new stations will allow for better response times to the customers we serve by putting apparatus and fire department personnel on the scene quicker.

Funds dedicated to refurbishing stations will provide the firefighters with better living conditions, more resilient facilities and safer work places while on duty. In addition, the preservation of the historic downtown stations further contributes to the legacy of service Charleston firefighters proudly represent.

Charleston firefighters see passage of the initiative as a “win-win” for all involved — citizens and firefighters alike.

Anthony Morley

President

Charleston Firefighters’ Association, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 61

Cobley Place

Summerville