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Volunteers with Lincoln County rescue squad fighting closure

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Volunteers with the Lincoln County Life-Saving Crew said they plan to fight the sudden closure of their station, which they say was illegally decided by some of their board members last week.

Last Wednesday, four of the crew’s eight board members met and unanimously voted to close the doors of the station, which is located at 322 North Academy St. in Lincolnton.

But one of the station’s assistant fire chiefs, who declined to give his name, said the vote was illegal because the rest of the board had not been notified of the meeting.

Regardless, Lincoln County officials revoked the station’s contract when they learned of Wednesday’s vote. Because of that, the station was not allowed to run any emergency calls after midnight on Sunday.

“Now we’re in a legal battle with the county to keep our contract so we can keep running medical calls,” the assistant fire chief said. “It’s a mess.”

West Lincoln Rescue is the only other rescue squad in the county.

“Everyone’s dedicated their own time to get this resolved and we’re trying to get back to business as usual,” the assistant fire chief said. “We’re going to keep fighting this.”

Arriero: 704-804-2637; On Twitter: @earriero
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