The Midway City Council continued discussing fire protection at a work session Monday. No votes were taken.
County Public Safety Director Mike Hodges and Fire Chief Brian Darby answered questions from council members, including one about the removal of the tanker truck now stationed in Midway.
Midway Mayor Pro Tempore Clemontine Washington asked about transfer of the truck to another station. The county officials said that if Midway joined the fire protection plan they did plan to move the tanker because it did not improve Midway’s fire protection. Midway has a municipal water system with fire hydrants and the tanker would be better used in locations with no hydrants available.
Midway Mayor Levern Clancy Jr. asked what he said was a worst case scenario question: “What if we join the countywide plan for professional firefighters and our volunteers don’t like that and they resign?”
Darby said volunteers were an important part of the plan: “We need volunteers. We are going to give them uniforms, provide insurance for them and pay them.”
The fire protection plan calls for two professional firefighters in the Midway area 24/7 with assistance from other fire stations. Darby said, “We will automatically run multiple engines to fire calls.”
Backup for fire calls in the Midway area would come from professional firefighters from other stations and other volunteers if Midway had no volunteers to respond. “Our people will answer all calls,” Darby said.
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