The Cagle Mountain Fire Department is up and running again a year after a dispute left the organization in shambles.
This time last year if there was a fire on Cagle Mountain, the community fire department couldn't be of help. The dispute between the fire chief and board members left the department on strike. Jeff Mackey is the treasurer of Cagle Volunteer Fire Department. He says that "the board felt that he was halting progress so he decided to take his people and move them on out and left us basically without fire protection for a little while."
Neighboring cities stepped in for a month, but driving from a greater distance meant slowed response times.
One year later, the Cagle Volunteer fire department says it has a dozen new volunteers on the front lines each day. And those volunteers now have a brand new building to call home. "This building was built without taxpayer funds. Every piece of this. Every in kind donation. The dirt, the plumbing, the electrical, has been donated through private donations," says Mackey.
Private donations that also helped to purchase a used fire truck from North Carolina. "All that money counts and when you add it all up we ended up with a 100,000 dollar construction project that we've gotten completed."
From collecting donations at local businesses to hosting a monthly breakfast, the volunteer firefighters say they only have their community to thank. Now, they say their residents will have a response team in their own community. Volunteer firefighter Robert Rude tells us "at all times we need to be here and when the tones go off, respond to the hall and take off in the apparatus."
by Mikaya Thurmond