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No Fire Service Fee, No Service?

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

Todd Cranick is still fired up about the blaze that destroyed his family's home in Tennessee that could have been extinguished - "My neighbor was standing there with an open check book and told them to put it out no matter what it cost. My dad had an open check book. It's not like the money wasn't there."

But firefighters refused because the homeowners didn't pay a 75 dollar fire service fee. Bob Reavis, Obion Co., Tennessee Fire Dept. Chief says "The point in all this is if we have to go to the subscription program, that's what we've been dealt. Then people should understand that houses are going to burn."

After hear this - some Leon County folks were fuming and others checked on their fire coverage when they caught wind of the story.
Sylvia Hunger-Miller says, "I had to check. I wanted to make sure and I'm pretty sure that we are still covered."
Dawn Sherer says, "It infuriated me. Absolutely infuriated me that someone could stand and watch someones house burn down."

But- Leon County residents can rest assure that when it comes to their safety, money is not an issue.

TFD Chief Cindy Dick says, "In Leon County, fire service is not a subscription service. We are coming no matter who you are, no matter where you are. And we'll work out the rest later. Having been in the fire service for 25 years, all I can say is it must have been extremely difficult for those firefighters."

Tallahassee Utility costumers pay a flat fee monthly. Those outside the city limits pay a quarterly fee. Those to decline to pay the fee will have it tacked onto their property tax.


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