Firefighters Are Breathing A Sigh Of Relief

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Firefighters in one county are breathing a sigh of relief after the fiscal court promises to help them buy gas for their trucks.

Last week the Magoffin County Fiscal Court told fire officials they couldn't use county gas anymore.

Firefighters said that would mean they couldn't answer emergency calls.

Fireman Henry Joseph is making sure all of the fire trucks have a full tank of gas before Saturday night.

For the last eight years, firefighters have filled up at the county road department and the county foots the bill, but starting Sunday, July First, the Judge-Executive says they can't do that anymore.

The Judge-Executive says it's illegal for the fire departments to use the money designated for roads, but volunteer firefighters say they can't afford to pay for gas on their own.

“Yeah, diesel is running what, 2.80? So you're getting into money there, especially when you don't have an income,” Henry Joseph said.

Some say community members could suffer the most.

“I have a daughter that was in a tragic accident several years ago and without qualified EMS, she would not be alive today, so no one really wants to support the fireman more than I do,” Judge Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin said.

The Fiscal Court voted to give each department one thousand dollars from the general fund to last the rest of the year.

Next year, they will have to find a new way to buy gas.

County officials say one option they're discussing is a new county tax for the fire departments. they're researching putting the idea on the ballot for voters to decide.


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