Tags:Here's the press release from the Asheville Firefighters’ Association:
The Asheville Firefighters’ Association (Local 865) endorses Jan Davis (i), Lael Gray and Chris Pelly in the upcoming City Council elections.
“These three candidates will protect firefighter interests, thereby protecting the safety of the citizens of Asheville,” said Local 865 Vice President Scott Mullins. “Their answers to our pre-election questionnaire demonstrate they share key concerns concerning public and firefighter safety. We can only achieve both through adequate training, proper staffing and quick response. Mr. Gray, Ms. Davis and Mr. Pelly clearly recognize this reality.”
Mullins, a firefighter with the Asheville Fire Department, praised the three endorsees for their pledged support of firefighters and other public safety organizations.
“Firefighting is a serious profession and we take our endorsements very seriously,” Mullins said. “We carefully examine who we back for public office.”
Mullins pointed out that all three favored maintaining nationally-recognized minimum staffing for the City’s fire apparatus.
“Asheville’s firefighters train hard to respond effectively in emergencies but a busy department like ours must respond with nationally-recognized minimum staffing levels,” said Mullins.
In his questionnaire answers, Gray voiced her support of firefighter training:
“I believe that staff development and access to training opportunities are important not only to ensure that we have a strong workforce, but also to instill pride and foster creativity on the job. I would support increasing the fire department’s training budget as funding becomes available.”
Pelly’s answers agreed: “I am pleased to hear firefighters want to go above and beyond basic training and broaden their certifications. I think it is in the interest of the City of Asheville to find a way to match training costs, offer scholarships or otherwise support firefighters seeking to broaden their professional skills.”
The Asheville Firefighters Association encourages voters to support these three candidates in the November general election.Read the full article