A combination department close by that has grown alot in the last two years has a major hurdle to overcome. It seems that some of the citizens (mainly those involved in a "anti-government" group aimed at ousting the incumbent mayor) have started a petition and were able to get a special board meeting called last night to dicuss of all things weather or not the city owned fire apparatus should be allowed out of the station for non-emergency use (such as going to supper or lunch) they operate 1 engines and 1 truck company full time, and are backed up by volunteers on 2 more engine companies . A firefighter is no good without his or her apparatus and that, to me is like leaving the house without pants. I know the economy is in the crapper, but the "show must go on" so to speak. Just wondering if anyone had faced similar issues before, and if so what was the outcome.