A coastal North Carolina county is trying to find a way to provide fire protection to a remote island after volunteers quit providing service.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports Knotts Island volunteer firefighters quit Nov. 8, citing an impasse with the county over a contract extension.
Since then, Currituck County has provided four paid personnel for firefighting while officials search for a long-term solution.
County Manager Dan Scanlon told a town hall that a mix of paid and volunteer firefighters is probably the answer. He says an all-paid department is too expensive and an all-volunteer one isn’t reliable enough.
Volunteer firefighters who spoke at the town hall said they were unaware of the issue until the contract had lapsed.
Topics North Carolina
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