At Friday’s fire board meeting, the Fire Chief, Jason Martin, and 40 of 46 firefighters resigned from Upper Captiva Fire.
The deputy chief is one of the six who stayed on the island that’s only accessible by boat.
A recent vote by homeowners showed they shot down a special tax assessment, meaning 43% of the fire department budget disappeared.
Agenda items from a fire board meeting on Friday showed Chief Jason Martin being taken to task about overspending.
The deputy chief said he worries the budget cuts will impact safety with far fewer ‘part-time’ firefighters. Especially what would happen if something like the enormous 2017 fire on the island ever happens again.
Not long after the big walk-out, an ad on Facebook said the Upper Captiva Fire Department is hiring firefighters.
Brian Debrasky, the deputy chief, told WINK News he’s staying and that they want people to come work there.