Rumor Extinguished: Littleville Volunteer Fire Department to remain operational

Littleville Volunteer Fire Department will not be shut down, despite rumors.

Posted: Dec 4, 2017 4:58 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 6:55 PM

A big rumor involving a volunteer fire department and the possibility that it may shut down has some in Littleville upset.

This all started when, according to a Littleville police report, a woman became upset and claimed the Littleville volunteer fire department dropped her husband while transporting him.

Littleville volunteer firefighters told WAAY 31 that didn't happen and they don't transport people. That's when the woman went to the fire department and got into a verbal argument with one of the firefighters. From there, it snowballed into a complaint that was brought before the town.

"The last thing that we heard was that they were stating that they were going to shut the Littleville Fire Department down and have Colbert Heights and Spring Valley run all of our calls," said Littleville volunteer fire captain, Jared Eargle.

We learned town leaders legally cannot shut down the volunteer fire department since it is its own separate entity. The town does own the fire department's building. Many people we spoke with became upset at the thought of losing their first responders.

"The other fire departments are so far away if something bad was to happen it could go from bad to worse really quick," said Littleville resident, Marcus Lowery.

We took the rumor to the Littleville city leaders, who told WAAY 31 they could not have volunteer firefighters getting into verbal arguments with citizens, but they have no plans of shutting the department down.

The volunteer fire chief told us the firefighter who got into an argument with a citizen was reprimanded. The mayor said he and the fire chief have talked things out and plan to move forward and help citizens.

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