MALAKOFF–An address from the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department was not on the agenda for the March 9 City Council meeting, but it didn’t stop the entire 17-member department from resigning in front of all the council members.
Reports from local news sources show the fire department’s reasons were lack of support from the city and failure to pay bills for the department, some rumored to have been paid out of pocket by volunteer firefighters themselves.
The City of Malakoff formed the fire department after litigation was satisfied against Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department Inc. early in 2017.
Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg told The Monitor the city controls the fire department and he hopes that the city will negotiate to resolve the situation. Currently Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department will respond to any emergency situations.
Renberg said, “No matter what, the county is not going to let a fire happen and no one cover it.”
Brad Skiles said in a Facebook post, “As President of Emergency Service District 11, I want to assure our neighboring community and property owners, in and around Malakoff, that E.S.D.11 has called upon Southside V.F.D. to be on immediate standby, to provide emergency service and fire protection during this difficult time. I encourage any Malakoff Firefighters lead to serve, contact Chief Ike Smith Southside V.F.D. to be recruited and strengthen response.”
The Monitor reached out to the City of Malakoff and to the Malakoff Fire Department for clarification, but as of press time, no calls were returned.