Commissioners Propose Big Changes to Fire Department

Commissioners Propose Big Changes to Fire Department

There could soon be big changes at the Shelby County Fire Department. A new study shows certain municipalities could start their own fire departments and cross city lines to help put out fires if needed. That could do away with all of the Shelby County fire duties in the northern area of the county.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There could soon be big changes at the Shelby County Fire Department. A new study shows certain municipalities could start their own fire departments and cross city lines to help put out fires if needed. That could do away with all of the Shelby County fire duties in the northern area of the county.

It's all about annexation. When the City of Memphis takes in areas like Cordova, they provide Memphis Police and Memphis Fire protection. The Shelby County Fire Department has to leave. A county commission committee says in the future, things could look a lot different.

"In the next few years we can expect Arlington, Lakeland, Millington to do something jointly...join together to provide fire services," explained Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

Now this might come as a big surprise to people in Arlington, Lakeland, and Millington, because nothing has been discussed until now. They would need legislators in Nashville to approve them becoming a utility district. Then they'd be off and running taking care of the hot stuff in their communities and other places if needed, even unincorporated areas of north Shelby County.

This is just a skeleton of a plan right now, but for the most part, commissioners liked it.

Commissioner Terry Roland said, "I think there are several plusses to this."

Even Commission Chairman Mike Ritz, who doesn't agree with much of anything that Terry Roland and Wyatt Bunker say these days, liked the ideas.

"For just meeting twice, I thought they came up with a really good proposal that could alleviate a lot of issues in the county."

Fire fees would pay for the operations. If successful in these three communities, others, including Memphis, could join.

This is just the beginning, the first process. There's a lot of stuff ahead, but things could change dramatically if this gets approved.
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