The Villages Public Safety Department will host an open house Sept. 20 at Station 47 on the eve of a critical vote by the Sumter County Commission.
The open house, which will last from 1 to 4 p.m., will give residents a chance to meet their local firefighters, take tours of the station, see demonstrations and enjoy light refreshments.
There will be free window decals available (while they last) which can enable residents to show their support for the fire department as the Sumter County Commission is set to make an important vote Sept. 21 on the future of emergency medical transport.
This has been a summer fraught with emotion over the future of the much-loved Villages Public Safety Department. Residents were shocked to learn a plan was afoot to merge The Villages fire department with Sumter County Fire Rescue. Those in the know say that would be a tough fit for two different departments which are both very good at their distinct missions. The Villages Public Safety Department is more of an urban department focused on the needs of an aging population. Sumter County Fire Rescue serves a much more rural population.
The Ad Hoc Fire, EMS and Medical Transport Committee has recommended against a merger of the two departments. But the committee has been serving in an advisory capacity. There are no guarantees the Sumter County Commission will follow that recommendation.
As the crucial vote nears, you’ll have a chance to hear right from the men and women on the frontlines about the future of The Villages Public Safety Department and its crucial role here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.
Attend the open house and talk to those who really know what is going on. Station 47 is located at 4856 Morse Blvd., south of State Road 44. What you learn at the open house, may prompt you to attend the Sept. 21 Sumter County Commission to make sure your wishes are considered by the commissioners.