Monroe firefighters resign

  • Town Hall sign in Monroe. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 8/22/2018 11:07:04 PM

MONROE — According to the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, all its volunteer firefighters there have stepped down.

The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue posted a message on its Facebook page this week, saying: “As of (Monday) there is no longer a Monroe volunteer fire department.”

The post goes on to say that the fire chief, Douglas Oakes Jr. “has resigned and all members have followed, this was a decision that was out of our control.”

On Wednesday, several telephone messages were placed to town government offices, but none were returned. The Fire Department has a station at 5C School St. and additional vehicles at the town’s highway garage. The department’s post was shared on Facebook at least 45 times, including by other fire officials in Franklin County.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth of the state Department of Fire Services said there is no state law requiring a town to have its own fire department. She pointed out that the Berkshire County town of Mount Washington has contracted its fire protection services from a neighboring town (Egremont).

Monroe, with a population of about 115, is one of the smallest towns in the state.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

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