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Public Plans to Discuss Ways to Save the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department

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The Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department is currently out of service, but residents hope that's not for long.

After some complaints, the department took itself out of service when the state fire commission launched an investigation of the department.

Concerned resident Steve Thompson is planning a meeting where the public can voice concerns and give opinions about what should be done.

"We're having it just to try to get the community together to support the fire department and get the issues straightened up and taken care of. We need to work together as a community to back the fire department and make changes as needed internally to get it back to where it used to be back when I was younger," said Thompson.

Thompson said he remembers the fire department as a kid.

"We had hot dog sales, carnivals; you name it we had a lot of things going on at the fire department," Thompson said.

Jack Morton was a firefighter during that time, and he said he remembers the department the same way, and he hopes to get it back to that condition.

"You don't need to shut the fire department out, it's too important to the neighborhood and the businesses on Bridgeport Hill. Give us a chance I'm sure we can turn this around, and make it a fire department the community can be proud of," explained Morton.

Harrison County Commissioner Ron Watson said no matter what happens to the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department, the people who are served by that department will be taken care of.

"Even without the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department being active they still have coverage. There are about three fire departments that have shared the first due area over there. My hope is that they can find the problems and address them and move on," Watson said.

The investigation of the department is still ongoing.

The public meeting will be held on Saturday March 29th at 2 p.m. at the Henderson Center Gym.

If you're a resident of Summit Park look for flyers being handed out with more information.