Shannon Worrell of the Lake Waccamaw Auxiliary, which provides emergency ambulance service to areas in and around Lake Waccamaw and Hallsboro, told commissioners Monday night that Lake Waccamaw police officers had gone “door-to-door” confiscating emergency radios used by volunteers who respond to and run emergency calls.
Not all the radios were taken, but Worrell said it created a situation where members were without radios and relying on cell phone calls to relay emergency calls.
“The town is ignoring safety,” Commissioner Buddy Byrd declared. “It doesn’t make sense to me.. It’s like someone is having a house fire and you take his or her phone out. I am not taking sides, but I might be the one busted up on the highway that needs help. It is an endangerment to our community.”
The town and Auxiliary are in a dispute over equipment as both sides await a judge’s final opinion over what the town owns to operate the fire department, and what the Auxiliary owns to operate the rescue squad.