rural fire service

Obion Tennessee’s fire chief and about 8 other volunteer firefighters resigned this week after a fight over rural fire protection. 

Obion County Tennessee Commissioners will allow three rural communities to provide membership-based fire service to their local customers. The county subscription service ends June 30, because County officials will no longer administer the fee. Clerk Vollie Boehms cites a state statute that prevents her from collecting the fee.  The municipalities of Hornbeak, Samburg and Rives plan to take up the responsibility for fire service in their areas on July 1st. Hornbeak Fire Chief Bob Reavis  says the local city council is expected to approve the new service tonight.

Time is running out for rural Obion County, Tennessee residents' fire protection contracts, and at least one community fire chief is trying to ensure residents in his portion of the county will keep the service.

South Fulton Tennessee is working on a solution to a controversial rural subscription fire policy that has drawn negative attention to the city in the past. Last week, the city commission passed the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the fire department to respond to rural fire calls. City Manager Debra Craig says that's whether or not the homeowners have paid a fire subscription fee.