Newton Fire Department Shortages

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Newton Mayor David Carr says he has been losing sleep trying to deal with ongoing issues with the city's fire department.

Newton Fire has gone through several chiefs over the past few years, and recently lost their latest chief to another job in Moss Point.

"Our full time chief left 3 or 4 weeks ago," says Carr, "and we named Joel Skinner as our interim chief, since that time we've made decisions with the fire department and terminated some workers."

Those terminations have dropped the full time fire fighter roll from seven to five in the city, and the amount of volunteers have dropped off as well.

The staffing issue has raised concerns about the insurance rating for homeowners in the city.

"Temporarily we're going to be short, and I talked to the ratings bureau and they said that happens all the time," says Carr, "so you know if it's 9 months from now and we still only have 5 firefighters and no fire chief then we do have a problem."

Carr hopes to Board of Alderman can name a new chief in the next month, and then he says the chief can go to work filling in the rest of the staff.

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