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Woodbridge Virginia – October, 27th
Occoquan- Woodbridge- Lorton Volunteer Fire Department’s social hall was abuzz Tuesday night when local citizens and fire department members turned out for Firehouse Forum 2015. Candidates for the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Woodbridge and Occoquan district seats were featured in a forum to discuss questions regarding public safety and Fire & Rescue Services in Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department’s area.
“Hosting the debate provided opportunity to educate the public, while the candidates discussed current public safety infrastructure and future needs.” said OWL VFD Chief Jim McAllister.
The event was well attended, as citizens learned more about issues that challenge public safety like traffic, funding and cultural differences in the community. The feedback from the public was positive. “I was glad to see that OWL VFD is reaching out to the Latino community,” said one attendee regarding the volunteer departments initiative to bring Hands-only CPR to residents, specifically Hispanic neighbors, “it shows the forward thinking of the department to address the needs of the growing population.”
Kevin F Seiger-Cottoms said he learned more about the candidates as well as the fire and rescue system. “It was a great chance to hear about specific fire and public safety issues. It is always good to hear from public servants and what they envision for the future in our county.” Gayle Whitlock, with Whitlock Wealth Management in Lake Ridge, was enthusiastic as well. “This is a great community service – and our two districts share many similar concerns – so putting them helps to bring us together – strength in numbers!”
Each candidate had specific ideas on how to handle transportation, organizational and funding challenges, but all agreed that the only way to solve them is with transparency, communication, and teamwork.