Jamestown council approves fire department merger

The South Russell Fire Department will soon merge with the Jamestown Fire Department.

Jamestown Fire Chief Jeff Landers brought the merger up to the Jamestown City Council last Thursday, providing a breakdown of how the merger would work.

The council voted unanimously to approve the merger.

Landers said he spoke with South Russell Fire Chief Roger Dale Coffey. Under a potential merger, South Russell would join Jamestown while keeping the fire station in that part of the county and Coffey would become an Assistant Chief in the fire department and be responsible for managing the South Russell station.

The station would remain open and at least some of the fire trucks would remain there. Some of the trucks that are not in good shape would be auctioned off or disposed of.

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