By Cody Blowers, St. George News:
The forced resignation of the Dammeron Valley Fire Chief has set off a series of mass departures of firefighters and emergency board meetings that have been standing room only as residents voiced their concerns over a number of decisions made by the Dammeron Valley Fire Special Service District Board.
The decision that set the loss of approximately 17 volunteer firefighters in motion took place after the Dammeron Valley board meeting held Dec. 4, where it was decided that Dammeron Valley Fire Chief Kevin Dye would no longer be acting as chief and indicated that Dye needed to sign a resignation letter and return it to the board. He refused to sign it. (See Ed. note)
When he returned to the station the following day, the locks had already been changed, Dye said.
Since then, several volunteer firefighters have since resigned or have not signed an agreement that was issued in January, which was required if they wished to remain on the department. Other than one firefighter who also serves on the board, all existing firefighters have since left the department.
Over the last several weeks, the board has had a series of scheduled work and emergency meetings to address the issues that have presented themselves in the wake of the shift in leadership.
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