A ban on guns for members of the Chesapeake Union Township Volunteer Fire Department has led to the resignation of the fire chief.
Eyewitness News reached out to former fire chief Frank Meehling II, who said if he doesn't feel safe out in the field he doesn't need to be there.
"A human life is priceless; you can't put a price on someone's life," Meehling said.
Meehling has been a firefighter for more than 30 years and has been chief for the past two years. After Mayor Tom Templeton and council members passed a new ban against carrying guns for those on the department, Meehling said he needed to step down.
"It isn't like it was 20-30 years ago, you know," he said. "Things have changed. The drug epidemic has gone completely wild, and you know you just don't know what you're rolling up on."
The department is equipped with Narcan kits and sometimes beats local police to the scene when responding to hostile calls, he said.