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Paulette Fire Department explains fee system

Volunteer firefighters in a Union County town explained their new subscription system to keep their services afloat at a meeting Monday evening.

Earlier this year, the Paulette Volunteer Fire Department began asking residents to pay a $75 annual fee to help pay for their services. That comes to about $6.25 a month.

If residents pay the fee, they get all services from the fire department for no additional charge. If someone chooses not to pay the fee, they could have to pay thousands of dollars if their home catches fire.

The fire chief says this new plan will go toward maintaining equipment, so they can effectively do their job.

"The people that are considered indigent, if they can't afford it and didn't know they had to contact us. We work with them and we waived those bills because our main goal is to provide a service for the community. The guys are doing it for free. We just need the money to make sure that we can be safe while doing it for free," said Chief Daniel Rice.

The Paulette Volunteer Fire Department serves a 125 square mile area, including 3,600 homes.


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