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In Chesapeake, Ohio, Chief Frank Meehling II is resigning from the Chesapeake-Union Township Volunteer Fire Department after the trustees and village council issued a ban on firefighters carrying guns.
One of Meehling’s main concerns for the firefighters is when they arrive first on the scene at overdoses or hostile situations. Working in a small community, they don’t always have law enforcement as back up.
However, according to Meehling, the trustees and village council said it was a financial matter. The village council’s insurance bill would’ve gone up about $2,500 to allow firefighters to conceal carry.
“They couldn’t afford it,” said Meehling. “It’s like I explained to them, if my life is not worth $2,500, then that’s really sad.”
The fire department has a staff of about 24 people and Meehling estimates that before the ban, about half of them would conceal carry a firearm when responding to calls. He also noted that all those who did had permits to carry.