This way, we control our own destiny, Maness said.
If an agreement is reached with the county, WEMA would stay in Station 3 and operate as normal. They will also have an ambulance in the new station in Providence per the agreement last year.
Maness was very optimistic that an agreement can be made with the county, especially since the Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to establish it.
Both sides should be excited about it, he noted.
Maness said the ordinance gives a plan for the growth over several years, including another station on the north side around Lebanon Road. But he says it allows the City to take its time.
We wont do everything overnight, he added.
The Mt. Juliet Fire Department was disbanded in 1986 when the agreement was reached with WEMA to provide fire protection for the entire city. That agreement was renewed for another five years in 2006, and the City has been operating on a continuation of that agreement since 2011.
Nothing is final until second reading of the ordinance on Monday, Sept. 24.
Editors Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.