Sandy Oaks VFD to end fire service

Other fire department will provide services to area

SOUTH BEXAR COUNTY, Texas - After 30 years of fire service, the Sandy Oaks Volunteer Fire Department will cease fire service at the end of the year.

This week Emergency Services District-6 issued a termination letter, stating that the department is and has been in breach of their contract with the district and as of December 31, the department will not longer be able to respond to any fire calls in Bexar County.

"They are saying that we breached a contract and we do not' feel that we did," said Taylor Squires with the Sandy Oaks Volunteer Fire Department. "We've tried several times to sit down with the ESD and talk to them and they more less refuse to give us a meeting and talk about it."

Sylvia Mendelsohn, with ESD-6, said Friday that the department still owes them $8,000 and that there are issues of nepotism.

However, Squires said that the department has paid over half of what they owed in a payment plan with the district and that they've constantly been trying to recruit.

"We're going to fight it as much as we can and as hard as we can because we don't want to give up on the community," said Squires.

However Mendelsohn said the area will not be without fire service and that instead they will contract out with another fire department in another district.

Squires said they will meet with their attorneys on Sunday to try and work something out.

In the meantime, the Sandy Oaks Volunteer Fire still has a contract with the hospitals and Squires said they will continue to respond to medical calls.

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