Fire chief and engineer quit fire department |

Fire chief and engineer quit fire department

A fire chief and fire engineer resigned last week from Smartsville Fire Station # 41, citing personal reasons, officials said Monday. Despite the loss of Fire Chief Curtis Mills and his friend Mathew Stineman, fire protection services have improved in the area because of increased support from surrounding agencies, said Jack Underwood, board member of the Smartsville Fire Protection District. During the next 35 to 40 days, the board will look at whether they will replace the vacancies with part-time paid staff or volunteers. Suffering from “budget issues,” the board will also consider consolidating the fire station with others in the region to cut expenses, Underwood said.

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