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Swearengin mutual fire aid at risk as another official resigns

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Grant VFD officials say they can't afford to pick up the slack for the Swearengin department. (Source: WAFF file) Grant VFD officials say they can't afford to pick up the slack for the Swearengin department. (Source: WAFF file)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

At least one fire district is seeking to pull its mutual aid from the Swearengin Volunteer Fire Department, located just outside of Grant in Marshall County. 

The Swearengin district is the only such district where voters did not approve a fire protection fee, which would have gone to aid funding efforts.

Grant VFD officials met with 911 Thursday to begin the process of ending its mutual aid agreement with Swearengin. Grant officials said mutual aid is designed to help another agency, not do their work for them.

"We may wind up having more and more mutual aid calls for us out there," said Grant Assistant Chief Patrick Wilder. "It's hard for us to take all of our equipment out there and use our equipment and our funding to assist them. At this time, we just really can't afford to go out there and use our equipment."

Following Tuesday's "no" vote, Swearengin VFD's chief and assistant chief tendered their resignations. The department's secretary has also added their name to the list of officials leaving. 

Other mutuail aid options for Swearengin are Waterfront and Hebron.

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