Knotts Island VFD suspends operations over contract dispute

By on November 10, 2017

The Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department suspended operations without warning on Wednesday, apparently after being unable to reach a new contract agreement with Currituck County.

The county presented a contract this spring for fiscal year 2017-18, but department officials returned the contract unsigned with several requested modifications, according to a statement issued Thursday.

Currituck County operates under annual contracts with each of its volunteer fire departments to provide a portion of their funding.

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An extension to the 2016-17 service agreement to extend fire services through Oct. 31 was executed by both sides, while the new contract was being discussed, the county said.

The county has activated a mutual aid agreement with the City of Virginia Beach to provide services in the meantime. The nearest Virginia Beach station is in Creeds, about nine miles away from the Knotts Island fire station.

Additional personnel, who are dual certified as paramedics and firefighters, from the Currituck Department of Fire-Emergency Medical Services have been assigned to Knotts Island, the county said.

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