Fire issue still smoldering

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland will be signing on to another year of fire protection for the incorporated portion of Otter Creek.

Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night to approve signing the contract, which has Otter Creek paying Chiefland about $479 a month for services, despite Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris saying the deal could leave the city vulnerable due to lack of manpower.

The city has only one full-time firefighter, at times, Harris said, and if that firefighter is called to Otter Creek it could spell disaster for Chiefland in case of an emergency.

Commissioner Rollin Hudson, who voted against the deal, told Harris he was unclear on the Chief's position.

"Are you for it or against it?" Hudson asked.

"I'm not saying either one. I'm just letting you know what the consequences is," Harris responded.

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