Chalmers is keeping its fire department despite rumors

The Chalmers community is breathing a sigh of relief Tuesday night.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 12:12 AM

CHALMERS, Ind. (WLFI) — The Chalmers community is breathing a sigh of relief Tuesday night.

Rumors circulating on social media about the town of 500 getting rid of its fire department were proven false.

A town hall meeting was packed Tuesday with concerned neighbors.

Right as it began people spoke up stressing how important the Chalmers Community Volunteer Fire Department is.

The fire chief addressed the crowd dispelling the rumor immediately.

He said the budget is tight, but the department isn't going anywhere.

"The only thing we have a disagreement on is how much it is going to cost," said Mike Hill. "I understand the town has a limited budget and the question that was asked is if we can afford it and the answer is we can afford it to a point."

The fire department will now sign a contract with the town to decide wages.

Last time that happened was in the 1980's.

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