North Carolina county recommends shutting down fire department, firefighters say they’re here to stay

  • Source: WBTV CBS 3 Charlotte
  • Published: 01/23/2020 12:00 AM

After 67 years, a Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department could lose it’s funding from Mecklenburg County. That was a recommendation from the county’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency at last week’s Board of County Commissioner’s policy meeting. They say these community fire departments are expensive to run and although no official decision has been made, the Cook’s Fire Department says they will do whatever they can to keep operating. “It was a kick in the gut for all of us," said Tommy Towner, Chief of Cook’s Fire Department. At the last county policy meeting, the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency presented a projected budget plan discussing community fire departments in the county. They went over the history of these departments, saying in the past they were given a flat fee from the county to help run the departments.


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