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Texas fire dept. shuts down after dispute

The Sandy Oaks Volunteer FD had an ongoing dispute with the Emergency Services District #6 over nepotism claims and alleged owing of money

By Lauren Lea

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The end of 2012 may mean the end of a south side fire department after 30 years of service. Sandy Oaks Volunteer Fire Department won't be able to respond to emergencies after midnight, leaving some neighbors worried about their safety.

A dispute between the department and the Emergency Services District #6 has lead to Sandy Oaks closing its doors. On Monday, the county was at the department, taking inventory and packing up all the HAZMAT response equipment that was stored there.

Sylvia Mendelsohn, president of ESD #6, said the department has been "tolerating nepotism" and owes $8,000 to the ESD. Sandy Oaks Capt. Taylor Squires says the department has paid back that money and an additional $6,000. However, without insurance or radios, which belong to the county, the department can't respond to emergencies.

Full story: South Side fire department shutting down

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Jim Fox Jim Fox Wednesday, January 02, 2013 6:45:54 PM I guess in today's "politically correct" ( whatever that term even means--it's not in my dictionary) the only difference in nepotism and cronyism is a little bloodline and the fact that many depts have a written policy discouraging nepotism -- but not the other.

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