An inquiry to Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams from News Channel 5 in Nashville was referred to Lewisburg City Mayor Jim Bingham and Lewisburg City Manager Joe Beard. The questions were related to the closing of the City’s West Side Fire Station on Wednesday, February 19th.
According to Mayor Bingham, “First, let me make clear the City has not closed the West Side Fire Station and our Main Fire Station is fully staffed. Decisions relating to operations from the West Side facility will be made on a day to day basis. Today the Station was closed due to the main station being short-staffed because we had employees to call in due to sickness and pre-approved vacation days for some employees. We reassigned the staff from West Side Station today to the Main Fire Station in order to have full staff coverage from the main station which is centrally located downtown in our City. We assure you that public safety is not at risk and we have other means of support if needed. We have mutual aid agreements with our contiguous cities and towns as well as paid volunteers and other on-call personnel. This decision is driven by the lack of our current financial resources which makes us incapable of being fully staffed at all locations at the current time. We have been mandated by the State Comptroller’s Office to make the necessary decisions and changes that are needed to get our finances in order. Again please let me be clear that we have not closed the West Side Fire Station and Operations from this facility will be made on a day to day basis depending on the staffing needs of the Main Fire Station facility. Again thank you for your interest in our City.”