Homeowners in Mobile County’s Dawes Community have a chance to speak out about proposed changes to the fire protection they have in their area. A pair of meetings is scheduled for Tuesday to discuss what’s happening and what homeowners can do in the aftermath.
Fire protection is something people generally don’t think about until they need it or don’t have it. The City of Mobile is planning to reduce its fire coverage footprint from unincorporated area of Mobile County. Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl says this reduction will impact about 9,000 homes and businesses in the West Mobile County/Dawes Community.
According to an interactive map, the affected area is basically west of Milhouse Creek, south of Mobile Regional Airport and situated between the city limits and the Seven Hills Fire District. Carl says, in a news release, homeowners have the option of joining Seven Hills Fire District, asking to be annexed into Mobile, starting their own city, or starting their own fire protection district. All of those scenarios require some sort of vote according to the commissioner.
There will be two meetings to discuss the issue:
Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Living Word Church, 2900 Dawes Road, Mobile.
Late last year Mobile’s Fire Chief credited the reduction in their footprint to as one of the major factors that helped MFRD achieve a higher insurance safety rating.