Karns Volunteer Fire Department to be staffed 24/7
by Katie Shands, WBIR Producer

For the first time in its history, a volunteer fire department that serves around 30,000 people will be staffed at all times.

"We want to provide Karns the best footing we can to provide the best fire protection they can," said Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders.

Anders handed over $15,000 in county money to the Karns Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday. The commission approved the move.

It helps the fire department match the federal funds that hired two full-time emergency responders last month.

The KVFD now has four, full-time responders who will man the stations and take trucks to fire calls. This allows other crews to respond directly from their homes.

"The community is growing, and they've tried to grow with it, so it was important for them to get equal footing," said KVFD Chief Kenneth Marston. "Karns, this is the first time they've received contracted services money."

Marston hopes to have 27 full-time first responders within five to six years to staff their four fire stations in the Karns area.

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