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Knotts Island Fire Department suspends fire response

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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:00 pm

Currituck County has activated a mutual aid agreement with the city of Virginia Beach after the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department (KIVFD) suspended all fire response by its personnel on Nov. 8.

            Currituck County is also assigning additional emergency personnel to Knotts Island. The county employees are dual-certified as paramedics and firefighters.

            According to Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon, without advance notice, KIVFD notified Currituck County on Nov. 8 that it was immediately suspending all fire response due to not having a signed contract with the county. All volunteer fire departments in Currituck County operate under a yearly service contract.

            In the spring, Currituck County presented a contract for 2017-18 to KIVFD, as the county presented to all volunteer fire departments. KIVFD officials returned the contract unsigned with several requested modifications. The county could not agree to those requests and instead offered an extension to the 2016-17 service agreement through Oct. 31 while the new contract was being discussed. This extension was executed by both Currituck County and KIVFD.

            At this time, the 2017-18 contract with KIVFD remains unsigned. All other volunteer fire departments in Currituck County are operating under signed contracts and providing fire response as normal.

            Currituck County will continue its attempt to resolve the impasse with KIVFD. In the meantime, residents of Knotts Island are assured that all fire emergencies will receive an appropriate response from Virginia Beach fire personnel and Currituck County Fire-EMS, Scanlon said.

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