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Clarksville City officials shutter firehouse, plan reorganization

By Richard Yeakley
Oct. 10, 2012 at 11 p.m.

The fire chief and volunteer firefighters of the Clarksville City – Warren City Volunteer Fire Department were relieved of duty Oct. 2 by the executive board that oversees the department.

Richard Rogers, the board president, said the board voted unanimously to lock all members out of the fire station on Texas Street in Clarksville City.

Rogers declined comment on the reason for the re-organization, but said the board is working hard to develop a new fire fighting department.

"The new fire department is currently being organized and will probably be complete within a few days," Rogers said.

The Clarksville City – Warren City VFD was led by Fire Chief Ricky Wallace, who declined comment.

However, Wallace said Wednesday he resigned from the department.

Rogers said Wallace did not resign, but was fired along with the rest of the volunteers.

"He didn't resign to me, and I didn't receive a letter of resignation," Rogers said.

Until the time a new department is established, the White Oak Fire Department will respond to any fire emergency in the cities.

White Oak Fire Chief Jim Knoll confirmed Wednesday that his department will be working those calls.

Knoll said he was asked this past week if his department could assist.

The decision to lock the fire station came after the recommendation of experts and the Clarksville City attorney, Rogers said.

Although certain members of the department will not be invited back, volunteer firefighters can reapply to join the new Clarksville City – Warren City VFD, he said.

A statement Wednesday from Clarksville City officials explains the reorganization.

"After determining that the executive board was wanting to take that department in a new direction, Clarksville City – Warren City Volunteer Fire Department voted to elect a new chief and officers... It will be reorganizing the department along different lines to affect the desired operational changes, and it expects to resume serving the residents of their communities shortly," the statement said.

The executive board consists of four residents from Clarksville City and three residents of Warren City.

The board is scheduled to meet tonight to discuss the future of the department.



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