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NEW INFO: Brookwood FD will continue fire service for Abernant

Published: Jan. 5, 2016 at 10:40 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2016 at 11:55 PM CST
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BROOKWOOD, AL (WBRC) - Abernant dissolved its volunteer fire rescue service two years ago. Since then, the towns of Lakeview and Brookwood have filled in the gap in service.

Lakeview is limiting services there by the end of this month. But Brookwood's fire chief says they still plan on helping their neighbors.

Tuesday night, Brookwood Fire Chief Duane Garner recommended to his city council that they continue answering emergency calls to Abernant.

City leaders agreed and the Brookwood Fire Department will continue to answer calls in Abernant.

Lakeview is cutting back because Abernant residents aren't contributing any money towards fire protection services. Starting in February, Lakeview will only respond to confirmed fires, heart attacks and severe bleeding.

Garner said he hadn't brought this to his council's attention before but he believes helping their neighbors is the right thing to do.

"As of now, 'til the council tells me different, we're going to keep going to keep going up there. The people in Abernant, they shop in Brookwood, they spend their money in Brookwood, their kids play ball in Brookwood. We're not going to leave them hung out to dry right now," Garner said earlier Tuesday.

Brookwood Fire Rescue responds to eight to 10 calls a month in Abernant, according to Garner.

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