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Update: 

The State Fire Commission voted on Friday, April 4 to issue a cease and desist order to the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire Marshal Tony Carrico has now outlined what the fire department needs to do to get back its certification.

There are more than 10 items including better training of the fire fighters.

Currently other fire departments cover Summit Park's area, so the residents are protected.

 


 

Update:

After Harrison County Commission asked Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer to investigate the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department, the state fire commission has launched an investigation of its own.

Harrison County Commissioner Ron Watson said after hearing of the investigations Summit Park has chosen to take itself out of service until the issues are resolved, or a decision is made.

Multiple other fire departments will be handling Summit Park's calls.

 


 

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After the death of firefighter Michael Garrett earlier this month, the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department turned out in full force to speak out at Harrison County Commission against the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday.

Commission recently stopped funding Summit Park, and said it should be shut down for not complying with codes.

Nutter Fort Fire Chief Jeremy Haddix said the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department isn't safe, and it's putting residents and other departments at risk.

"I got citizens calling me on a daily basis, and I'm not talking one or two but 10 to 12 that live in the community who are worried, concerned, letting me know everything that is going on over there. It has nothing to do with me, but when I start worrying is for the safety of our guys," said Haddix.

Nutter Fort runs mutual aid calls with Summit Park.

County commission asked Prosecutor Joe Shaffer to investigate Summit Park in hopes of getting an injunction to stop operations.

"We've received enough allegations from the other volunteer fire departments and citizens of Summit Park that we think it's risen to the level that we need to get law enforcement involved. We authorized to do an investigation and to bring a suit in county commissions name to enjoin Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department from going on any calls," explained Mike Romano, county commissioner.

The Nutter Fort Fire Department plans to send members to the state fire commission meeting on Friday to discuss the issues there.