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Virginia Town Loses Fire Department

Posted: 07/19/2017 21:24:00 -04:00 Updated:
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ONLEY,Va.- The Accomack Board of Supervisors have voted, and with a 9-0 vote, decided to officially end the funding of the Onley Fire Department, meaning their doors are now closed to the public.

Mariya Walker lives one street over from the station, but the next time she calls there will be no answer.

"I don't think it's a good idea that they close because we'll have to wait for another company to get to us when they're one street over," she said.

She's not the only one who sees the importance of the fire department, Onley Councilman Matt Hart believes the town needs its fire company.

"We shouldn't be relying on other towns fire departments to support our towns people," he said.

In recent years, the fire department has been embroiled in a few controversies. It's reputation is damaged, but President Royal Governor says those issues have been fixed.

"The embezzlement has been settled and the arsonist has been convicted and charged. We're moving forward so we can continue to provide adequate service to the community," he said.

Governor also says people in the community support the station. In fact, he says just last night, 15 people asked for volunteer applications.

Although it's evident that some people want to see the Fire Station remain open, others feel very differently. 

Ted bliss is one of these people, " The fire department has not provided emergency services to the county since March and they're just not effective," he said. 

Following the Accomack Board of Supervisor's resolution, the Onley Fire Department's president says they will be taking the decision to court.

In the time being, Onley's fire department needs will be taken care of by the neighboring towns' fire departments.  

 

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