Newton Residents Speak Out

Recent firings at the Newton Fire Department have dropped the number of full-time firefighters on staff. And some people say they are not happy about how those firefighters were fired.

The issue came up Tuesday night at the Newton Board of Aldermen meeting.

Members of the community attended the session at Newton City Hall to express their concern over the short-handed fire staff.

Donna Davidson is leading the group and has started an online petition calling for the board of aldermen and Mayor David Carr's resignations.

Davidson said it isn't a personal issue, but she feels that the community is not as safe as it should be. She also said that she believes the elected officials have been in office too long and she, along with many other citizens, want something done to restore safety and faith in the government.

"I would like to see adequate certification for our firefighters, adequate protection for our community, decent board members who have, for lack of a better term, a backbone, to stand up for a cause and what they believe in," said Davidson.

That petition will be active on the website, Davidson said anyone who is a resident of Newton County is eligible to sign it.

Mayor Carr was not available for comment Tuesday night. He has told Newscenter 11 in the past that the firings were necessary, and that they have not affected the safety of Newton residents.

The five full-time firefighters who remain on the Newton staff have a lot of ground to cover. The city has about 3700 residents in more than seven square miles. The city has 1400 households in addition to businesses.

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