Two Sparta firefighters deployed to assist firefighting efforts in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge

By | November 29, 2016 11:39 am

Last Updated: November 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

Matt McBride (third from right) and Cody Wilson (second from right) have been sent to assit firefighting efforts in East Tennessee. PHOTO BY PAMELA CLAYTOR

Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young has announced that two Sparta firefighters have been sent to assist with firefighting efforts in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. Captain Matt McBride and Cody Wilson are the two firefighters who have been deployed today. McBride is also volunteer chief of Central View Volunteer Fire Department, and Wilson is also an officer with Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, in addition to their service with Sparta Fire Department. Young states they will be there for approximately two to three days. After following city procedures, the firefighters were deployed in response to a request for statewide mutual aid. Young says there is a mutual aid group that communicates with each other and coordinates efforts to send firefighters to major disasters. Young states that one additional firefighter is on standby. Young has ensured the city still has adequate fire coverage if there were to be need for firefighters in the City of Sparta. Assisting other areas when there is a call for mutual aid is important, Young states, “Because if we help them when they need us, if we need them they will be there.”

 

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  1. Comment by Pastor DaWanna Lopez and The First Christian Church (Sparta)

    November 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    We are holding all in prayer for safety and success. God bless those who are fighting these fires and those who are providing shelter for the many families who have been left with nothing. I am so happy to see the outpouring of compassion in Knoxville (and from other places) with the many provisions that are being made for all those in need. Our prayers will continue throughout the coming days, as I know many will.


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