PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A volunteer fire department in Pike County is shutting its doors at least for now.
The Kentucky Fire Commission recently audited Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department and determined there were not enough firefighters to meet requirements.
Some folks in the area are worried what that will mean for their community.
"They didn't have enough people to be a fire department under Kentucky's statutes, so it needs to be reorganized and get some interest out of the community," said Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett.
The commission requires the department to have at least 12 firefighters and a fire chief, but county officials say it only had three.
Shutting the doors at Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department means other fire departments will have to pick up the slack, meaning response times will be longer.
Belfry, Turkey Creek and Big Creek Fire Departments will now take the calls, but that leaves some folks a little uneasy.
"We live in such a rural area it'll take the other fire departments such a long time to get here. By that time there will probably be major destruction already done," said Larry Romans.
Romans is used to having the fire department less than a mile from his home.
"They've just been so helpful to us since they've been in service, probably 10-15 years now," he said.
Now he says it is time for the community to act and reopen the doors on this community comfort.
"I think especially the younger generation should kind of step up and help the people out here and get this thing back up and running as it needs to be," said Romans.
Emergency Management officials are holding a community meeting January 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the fire department hoping to generate interest and get it back open as soon as possible.