Thomas County Fire Department Moves Forward

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The vote came after residents were given the chance to voice their concerns Monday night.

The county believes they have addressed those concerns and now they are moving forward with plans for a fire department separate from the city.

Chris Jones, the County Fire Chief, commented on the next step.

"Inventory, what's currently there in the area, we'll be providing the services in the new service and hiring personnel, getting those in position, getting trained and familiar with those areas."

Jones says he needs to hire eighteen more firefighters to staff the three county stations. The county says it will be ready for the switch in less than a year on January 1, 2008.