More fire stations could close in Bell County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

More volunteer fire departments could close in Bell County.

Two have already shut their doors in the last few months which could impact response times.

It is between the fiscal court and the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department. And the department's board of directors claims they need funds upfront to keep other doors open.

The fiscal court wants accountability for the money they would hand over.

"They want the money upfront and then they'll turn us in after the fact. Well, the horse has already left the barn at that point! And the court and the community and myself as judge, we're just not comfortable with that arrangement," said Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock.

Litigations are still in the process figuring out whether the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department is a private organization.

"The taxpayer here in this community paid for all the sudden have become private property of a handful of individuals? That's hard for myself and the court and the community to wrap our hands around," said Judge-Executive Brock.

What seems like a petty dispute is turning into something that could affect hundreds more in the county.

The fire station in Clear Creek along with Brownie's Creek and Calloway are the stations endanger of closing, which not only worries the judge but community members as well.

"The community should be outraged that the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department is holding them hostage to try to get money with no strings attached," said Judge-Executive Brock.

The judge says it is not about money or the lack there of, but the board of directors says that is what they need.

The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department's board of directors were not available to comment.

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