SMITH COUNTY — The Winona Volunteer Fire Department may lose their contract with Emergency Services District 2 after several reports have been filed, claiming the department is failing to respond to fires in a timely manner. According to Emergency Services District 2, the Winona Fire Department has 30 days to improve their response time before they lose funding. According to KETK, in the last four months, Emergency Services says the department failed to meet the minimum 15 minute requirement on multiple occasions. This past Monday, Fire Chief Nelson Brumley stepped down.
Winona Mayor Rusty Smith served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 10 years and expressed his concern with the delayed response. Volunteer firefighter John Branch says it is the time the calls are made, their lack of manpower, and the large area they cover that are to blame for their delayed response. Emergency Services reassured this will not affect residents in or around Winona, and they are hoping to resolve this issue without taking legal action.