Our View: Citizens the real victims in Sipsey firefighter squabble
by Daily Mountain Eagle
Jul 14, 2013 | 789 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Late Friday, Walker County Circuit Judge Jerry Selman settled a skirmish over who controls the fire department in Sipsey.

Selman ultimately decided on a “split the baby” resolution that divided the assets and coverage area, creating a volunteer fire department run by the town to operate in the city and jurisdiction and leaving the outlying areas to the independent volunteer department.

Volunteer firefighters risk their lives to protect the people in their coverage area, but the residents of Sipsey have been without that protection for far too long because of this struggle. Whether the town controls it or the fire department operates independently, the bottom line is that the citizens and residents who rely on the first responders have been suffering.

We hope that the new agreement will create an environment that will enable the residents to feel safe. We also hope the two departments will find a way to peacefully coexist, because small volunteer departments across the county rely on mutual aid agreements to ensure the safety of those they protect.

— Daily Mountain Eagle