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New volunteer fire department taking shape in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) -

Huntington has a new volunteer fire department after the city council recently pulled the funding for the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department due to irregularities.

City manger, Bruce Milstead says the city council and mayor have approved the creation of "The City of Huntington Volunteer Fire Department" and appointed a chief and assistant chief.

Paul Hatch has been selected as chief and Lance Dempsey as assistant chief.

Milstead said, "Chief Hatch is a paid firefighter and paramedic with the City of Jacksonville and Lance Dempsey is a paid paramedic with Beaumont EMS and he also works for Vidor, the City of Vidor as a paid firefighter also."

Milstead says the articles of incorporation are currently with their city attorney and will be presented to the city council and mayor for final approval.

The "City of Huntington Volunteer Fire Department" will receive the nearly $30,000 in funding from the city that was pulled from the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department a month ago.

Milstead says the new volunteer fire department is expected to be fully functional by May 1.

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