Texas Volunteer Department Responds to Final Alarm

A Texas volunteer fire department responded to its final call on Monday night.

Westworth Village firefighters spent the evening cleaning out their lockers and reminiscing.

They were booted after council officials decided to outsource responses to Fort Worth, according to KHOU.com.

"We've had a while to adjust," Senior Chief Don Day told reporters. "But that doesn't make it a lot easier."

The company served a community of about 3,000 in Tarrant County. About 30 people worked at Fire Station No. 41, some part-time.

Day said many stopped by over the weekend and on Monday to clean out lockers, sort through old photos, and reflect on 26 years of service.

"I can look at something and recall someone's name or a piece of equipment they broke. A lot of memories here," Day said.

After the decision was made by the town council in June, Mayor Tony Yeager said in a statement: "I am truly thankful to all the volunteer firefighters who dedicated countless hours to our City for many years."

He noted that "changing demographics, aging equipment and current regulatory environment" make it impractical to maintain the standalone fire department.

The five-year agreement, which went into effect July 1, includes fire suppression and responding to wrecks.

 

 

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