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Some Hawkins fire departments not always responding to fire calls

June 19th, 2013 8:16 pm by Jeff Bobo, NET News Service

Some Hawkins fire departments not always responding to fire calls


ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County’s Emergency Management Agency director told county commissioners last week that there is a growing problem with volunteer fire departments dispatched as first responders not answering fire or other emergency calls.


Hawkins County leaders are investigating the possibility of establishing a countywide fire department. EMA director Gary Murrell believes that would resolve no, or slow response problems, especially among the departments with the fewest members.


During a June 13 meeting Murrell told the Hawkins County Commission’s Public Safety Committee that some fire departments dispatched as first responders aren’t answering calls.

Read more about the fire response issue on TimesNews.net.

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