Friday, April 11, 2014

A volunteer fire department that was forced to close is open again

An audit of the Hatfield Fire Department by the Kentucky Fire Commission revealed problems, including having only three firefighters on the roster when the state requires twelve. Now, there has been a community effort to turn things around.

The doors are back open at Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department after being closed for about a month.

The department now has a roster of 15, with only one returning firefighter, and a brand new six member board.

Basically starting the department from scratch, officials are now raising money and applying for grants to train the new firefighters as well as update their equipment.

Volunteers with the Hatfield Fire Department say they are thankful for all the other departments in the area that helped them during this transition.