Some Brownfield Volunteer Firefighters Step Down - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/06/08

Some Brownfield Volunteer Firefighters Step Down

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On Thursday NewsChannel 11 answered many calls from concerned Brownfield residents.  Rumors were swirling around the town that they no longer had a working Fire Department.

After a decision made in Brownfield city council Thursday morning, many volunteer firefighters say they are upset and ready to hang up their uniform. One former volunteer firefighter released this statement.  "Members of the Brownfield Fire Department were denied access by the Brownfield Chief of Police to an open meeting at the Brownfield City Council after these actions this morning, the Brownfield City Council, the majority of the Brownfield Fire Department resigned," said former volunteer firefighter Mike Dawson.   

But the Mayor of Brownfield says that is untrue.  He says on Thursday morning, six volunteer fire fighters turned in their gear, but no official resignation.  There are four paid firefighters and 20-25 volunteer firefighters in Brownfield.  The Mayor says the volunteer firefighters are upset because of the decision to make one of the paid firefighters a department head and fire chief, a new position that works with the city.

"It's just grown people acting like children," said Mayor Glenn Waters.  The previous fire chief, who was elected by the volunteers, remains the fire marshal with the same salary and schedule.

"I'm sorry that's not the way things need to be if they are volunteers they are volunteers they aren't supporting a person, they are supporting the people of Brownfield the paid fireman are always going to be there if one of them wants to resign we've got some other people that will take their place," said Waters.

And despite many rumors, this station is still running, if there were to be a fire in Brownfield this station would be ready to respond.

The volunteer firefighters couldn't comment further, on advice from their attorney, who they hired to renegotiate with the city.

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