ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - The Monroe County board of supervisors and the Monroe County volunteer fire departments have come to an agreement after a six-month period of not having a contract between the two parties.
The state Fire Marshal's office requires a contract between the volunteer fire departments and the board of supervisors.
Of the 14 contracts, 11 have been signed between the two parties.
The contracts are good for a duration of two years.
With differences now worked out, the volunteer departments are covered from a liability standpoint.
"There was a misunderstanding between the fire departments and the county board of supervisors," adds Carl Stahl, president of the Monroe County Firefighters Association. "With the help of the rating bureau and all it put us all back on the same page."
"So concerned about protecting your volunteer firemen from a legal aspect of their liability," added Billy Kirkpatrick, Monroe County Board of Supervisors President. "[Plus] also protecting the county so that's basically the purpose of those contracts."
The three remaining contracts that are still unsigned are expected to be signed sometime this month.