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Fire station's closure has residents concerned about coverage

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RALEIGH, TN (WMC) -

Nearly a dozen residents showed up Wednesday morning at the fire station on Egypt Central Road to protest the station's closure.

Sources told WMC Action News 5 the fire station could close as soon as October 1 and will move its personnel to a fire station in Millington.

Residents said they are concerned about coverage, possible insurance increases and possible times.

“They need to be able to get to us quickly,” said Kathy Blakely.

Blakely’s home caught fire 16 years ago when she said the same station was closed.

“They had to come from the Raleigh Milington station,” she said. “It took them about 30 minutes to get to our house.”

Residents are now banding together, fighting to keep the station open.

“We're upset, our whole neighborhood is getting together on this,” said Liz Carozza. “We pay between $2.1 and 2.4 million a year in our fire fees and they're taking our station away from us.”

That is $40 per month or so for unincorporated Shelby County residents.

For the roughly 5,000 residents in the coverage area, the chief said the closest stations are no more than five miles away from their home, which means no one’s insurance should go up.

“We believe that in spite of that change, that station will still be a safe place to live,” said Shelby County Fire Chief Alvin Benson.

The two nearest stations, on Raleigh-Millington Road and Coleman Road, have agreed to step in and respond if necessary, Benson said.

“It's our position that it still works out in a way that it provides safety and an appropriate response,” Benson said.

Despite this, residents said they are not giving up.

“If they close It October 1, we're going to continue to fight for it,” Carozza said.

Residents said they are reaching out to the county mayor and elected officials, doing all they can to try to keep the station open.

For now, the station is slated to close on October 1.

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