BEXAR COUNTY-- There are 12 Emergency Service Districts in Bexar County. ESD #6 has put three volunteer fire department's on notice due to a number of concerns. The VFDs could lose funding at the end of the year.
The board issued letters to all three departments saying they are in breach of contract.
The letter stated the South Bexar Volunteer Fire Department failed to submit the proper documents to maintain insurance coverage.
The board accused the Sandy Oaks VFD of nepotism in hiring. The wife of the fire chief works at the department as a firefighter. That department has been notified it will more than likely lose funding December 31.
The letter to Ata-Bexar CountyLine VFD said the fire chief is not properly certified.
A spokesperson for ESD #6 said the plan is to contract with ESD #2 for service. The board is also looking at other service providers. The spokesperson said service would never be interrupted.
Taylor Squires with Sandy Oaks said their fire department was not allowed the proper process to respond to the board's concerns.
If the ESD would sit down with us and talk to us about it, and give us what it says in the contract of the seven-day meeting, 30 days to rectify it, if not, go to arbitration. None of that's been done, said Squires. So how are they not breaching their end of the contract.
David Crowley with South Bexar Fire and Rescue said his son who was serving as chief of the department has stepped down. He said the department is in the process of securing its insurance coverage.
We don't want the citizens of this community being provided for by people who have no idea what's going on our here in this community, Crowley added.