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Chief says Mississippi firefighters couldn’t take mutual aid fire because they were at lunch

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In Mississippi, the Jones County Volunteer Fire Department requested mutual aid from Laurel City during a duplex fire on Mother’s Day. Dan McKenna, the fire coordinator of JCVFD, said the request was for an engine company to respond to the fire scene as part of their mutual aid agreement. The response they got was surprising.


Laurel firefighters said to call back in 15 minutes if the situations continues to get worse. According to Laurel Fire Chief James Brown firefighters were on lunch.

“What happened is, that we have, a truck that was out onto lunch at that particular time” said Chief Brown.

He added, “Which is the cover truck that would cover in place of Engine 2. Engine 5 was the truck that was out. Engine 2 was covering for engine 5 at that particular time.”

FOX 23 asked Chief Brown is there were any other fires the city responded to on Sunday. Chief Brown replied with, “No.”

Chief Brown said, “I am going to go ahead and address the issue in the event that something should arrive at this matter despite whatever is going on.”

He continued, “They (city firefighters) are going to stop what they are doing and answer that call and respond to it.”

“That is what we are putting in place right now to make sure this will never happen again” Chief Brown said

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