Monday, March 26, 2012
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COVINGTON -- Residents of the Rocky Plains area are invited to attend community meetings this week aimed at getting better fire protection for the area.
Several Rocky Plains residents have banded together to form an organized effort to petition the Board of Commissioners to get equipment upgrades and more firemen at the Rocky Plains Volunteer Fire Station on Ga. Highway 162 near the intersection of Ga. Highway 212.
The residents are asking concerned citizens to come out and join the Rocky Plains Community Support Group. Meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the fire station.
"We're trying to get our fire department back," said Howell Callaway, a resident of Rocky Plains for 45 years. "They were supposed to have kept two paid firemen down here during the day and a volunteer during the night. They took our two paid firemen."
Callaway said the fire station is owned by the community of Rocky Plains, not the county, and there have been disagreements with the fire department over storage of items. There is also not adequate turnout gear and equipment at the fire station, Callaway said.
Since phone calls to the county officials have not produced any results, Callaway said citizens decided to take matters into their own hands and organize a group to formally petition the BOC.
"We've got taxpaying citizens that have been paying the fire tax and they're really getting no fire protection at all," he said.
The purpose of the Friday and Saturday meetings is to inform citizens of the group's intent and get as many citizens involved as possible. For more information, call Callaway at 770-787-3245 or Jeff Downing 770-385-8742.