Three fire stations will close as a part of major budget cuts to the Mid-County Fire Protection District. The stations are on Route A-A in Roach, on old South Highway 5 in Decaturville and on State Road D in Camdenton. The Fire Board has passed a balanced budget that not only calls for the stations to close but also cuts to personnel and equipment. The district’s fire inspector will be laid off and five pieces of equipment will go to the auction block. The vehicles to be sold include the district’s only ladder truck along with a tanker and an engine.
Mid-County Fire Chief Scott Frandsen says the loss of equipment, stations and personnel are not easy but the budget had to balance. The district does have agreements with eight other fire departments which should help when the stations close. The Fire Board will now work on a timeline to determine exactly when these cuts will happen in 2014.
Voters turned down a tax levy increase for the fire district at the polls in November.