Local Fire Department Not Responding

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Dozens of people gathered at the Mayking Fire Department to let board members know they want their fire department back.

Magistrate Roland Craft says, "I was notified Saturday night that they were paged out to a fire and wouldn't respond."

"When it becomes a public safety hazard, then that gets us involved," says Judge Executive Jim Ward. He says the fiscal court decided to suspend the department's funding until the attorney general investigates.

"We've got to figure out what's going on and that the money is being spent appropriately, anytime you use county funds, the money needs to be spent appropriately," says Ward.

Board members did not let the public inside for Wednesday's private meeting, but say there is a reason for their lack of service.

David Chafin, a board member with the fire department says, "There is a problem with the paging system. I was informed tonight that several of the firemen do not get their pages regularly."

The fire department's board moved fire trucks to this old service station to make room for bingo 4 nights a week. "It's necessity. A lot of people don't like the fact that we play bingo here, but it's our only way of making money," says Chafin.

Richard Craft with the Mayking Neighborhood Watch says, "We just want a fire department that would be for the community and be here when we need them, answering 911 calls or whatever the community needs, be here for us."

Constable Craft says the lack of response is raising the area's fire insurance. David Chafin says the board is holding a public meeting next Tuesday. County officials say they are also planning a public forum to discuss the future of the fire department.

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