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Attorney General's Office Asked to Investigate Troubled Fire District

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by Mark Curtis, ABC 6 Political Reporter

The two newly elected board members of the Central Coventry Fire District are pouring over the department's charter.

Questions include whether they legally became board members immediately upon election, and should they have been allowed to vote at an emergency receivership meeting earlier this week.

"The reason for this is, you know what? We can't continue business as usual. We have to make sure we follow the letter of the law, " said Board Member-Elect Marie Fisher.

The legality of the receivership vote is being called into question.

Only three–of–seven members of the central Coventry fire board were physically at the meeting.

"And two on a telephone conference call. Wherever they are, or whether it was really truly them. No one knows. They were not on that board. They weren't sitting there," said David Jervis, a Board Member-Elect.

The attorney general is being asked whether board members can vote by phone. Otherwise the receivership vote may be null and void.

 ABC-6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "While all of the legal matters plays out, people in central Coventry just want to be assured that a fire truck or ambulance will show up, if they call 911."

As of now all five central Coventry fire stations are manned by two firefighters apiece.

They work for free.

Capt. David Gorman said, "We've responded to three calls so far, calls for emergency aid. So the service is still being provided. That continuity is still there. And the firefighters are providing that service as if we were getting paid."

And just in case more help is needed neighboring departments including Hopkins Hill and Anthony, have agreed to assist in Central Coventry.


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