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Frustration continues in Florissant, volunteer firefighters threaten to leave if Interim Chief stays

First Florissant Fire Protection District Board Meeting after new appointees.
Posted at 1:33 AM, Jul 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-12 11:18:09-04

FLORISSANT — Frustrations continue flowing through Florissant after the Teller County Board of County Comissioners appointed two new members to the Florissant Fire Protection District Board.

Months ago, the previous FFPD Board saw a mass resignation and the beloved Fire Chief, Mike Bailey, was abruptly fired.

Monday, the first public FFPD Board meeting took place since new board members took their positions, which citizens had been wanting for months.

Shortly into Monday's meeting, the two new board members and one legacy board member collectively appointed two more board members without input from the community, which ruffled the crowd's feathers.

"We just got two new board members assigned in, I don't know anything about their background. You didn't even discuss it, so can I request that all your bios get on the website also?" said one volunteer firefighter.

Concerns over finances and how money is being spent were raised after one man claimed the department's diesel fuel tank is empty and another volunteer firefights says their radios do not always work.

"The community should all be aware, not just those who attend the meeting, but everybody in the community should be aware of what's being spent and how it's being spent," said one neighbor.

Volunteer firefighters also expressed their disdain for working underneath the Interim Fire Chief, Erik Holt.

"If Erik Holt is put into a position of power we will not be here, so he will and you will have to deal with a nonexistent volunteer," said one volunteer firefighter.

The board says they will be working toward transparency between themselves and the community.

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