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Fire chief says volunteer departments in tough spot
Commissioner Randy England.
There appears to be no resolution in sight for the financial woes of Harrison Ferry Volunteer Fire Department.Fire Chief Lynn Curtis vows to do whatever it takes to keep his community safe.“I can promise the residents in my area I will keep them safe to the best of my ability, even if I have to fight their fire with a garden hose,” said Curtis.The promise came after the county Safety Committee met Monday and debated what could be done to alleviate financial troubles for volunteer fire departments, a discussion that lasted more than an hour and ended with no solution. During the meeting, Commissioner Randy England suggested the county increase its annual donation from $3,000 to $10,000 per fire department, or in lieu of that, donate up to $10,000 per department to help pay each one’s insurance premiums. However, the proposal didn’t take hold.“Warren County allots a certain amount of money to different nonprofits every year,” said Curtis.