Firefighters Upset Over Possible Cuts

Bell County volunteer firefighters met Tuesday night in Pineville to discuss possible action against a new county plan which reduces it's funding.

At the Bell County fiscal court meeting Tuesday, the County Judge Executive said the reduction in funds is necessary so the county can give more money to other first responders.

But volunteer firefighters say they won't be able to purchase new trucks if their money is cut.

"We've built this fire department with these funds and provided fire protection for the county... without it, we can't continue," said David Miracle with the Bell Co. Volunteer Fire Dept.

"The more pressing need is to better fund the rescue squad, the ambulance service and get the Sheriff's Department the hazardous duty pay they deserve. This is not a measure to hurt the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department," said Bell Co. Judge Executive Albey Brock.

The fiscal court will have to hold a second reading of the ordinance before it can approve the changes in funding.

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