AFTER 50 YEARS OF SERVICE, THE MICCO, FLORIDA, Volunteer Fire Department is ceasing operations effective August 15. The station, equipment and coverage will be absorbed by the Brevard County Fire Rescue Department which already has six career firefighters working in the station.
“It’s sad, especially since this is our 50th year,” said Deputy Chief Harry Jones of the Micco Volunteer Department, who joined the agency in 2001. “But between the economy and the hundreds of hours of training requirements, it’s killing us. Our donations have also dwindled to about half.”
During the years, the south Brevard agency supported its services in Micco and Barefoot Bay with pancake breakfast and chicken dinner fundraisers. But recent hard times put a dent in donations, crippling efforts to modernize and forcing the agency to sell its recently purchased $235,000 tanker, Jones said.
This 3,000 gal. tanker was purchased newjust 10 months
agobut had to be sold recently to pay the obligation.
“Individuals and business entities are hurting right now, they just do not have the ability to donate,” Micco Volunteer Fire Department Chief Keith Sims said in a statement.
There also were state- and federal-mandated increases in training, including a 40-hour course in wildland firefighting. Today, the town remains unincorporated and has 9,498 residents.
The thirteen active volunteers will become members of the Brevard County reserve program where they will be able to maintain their training and continue to serve.
Micco Vol. Fire Department WEBSITE.