Breaking news: Reavis addresses county residents about fire service

Breaking news: Reavis addresses county residents about fire service

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 8:19 pm

Hornbeak Fire Chief Bob Reavis says firefighters and support agencies in Obion County have been unduly condemned, criticized and threatened, not just on a local level, but on a national level, because the South Fulton Fire Department could not respond to a fire because the owner had not paid the rural subscription fee.
Gene Cranick’s property on Buddy Jones Road burned one week ago today.
Reavis called media together Wednesday afternoon so he could address rural residents in Obion County and explain the facts about the rural fire coverage situation in Obion County.
He said Obion County does not operate a fire department, does not own any fire equipment or have any firefighting personnel. “Consequently, you are provided fire protection by the municipal fire departments,” he said.
“None of your county property tax dollars help fund any of the eight municipal fire departments. All fire departments are individually owned and operated by the eight municipalities.
“Firefighters in Obion County provide protection outside our municipal limits with the permission of our individual city and town councils that represent the municipal taxpayer.
“Most of us are volunteer and most of us receive no pay for the hundreds of hours of work we perform in the fire service each year.
“No firefighter wants to stand by and watch a neighbor’s house burn, but we are sometimes put in that predicament through subscription fire response.”

See Thursday’s edition of The Messenger for more from the press conference.

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