Fire chief resigns after entire department fired

Fire chief: "It was only me serving the department, and, if something went south, I didn't want to be held liable for anything."


By Mike Bell
The World-Herald News

SHELBY, Iowa — The Shelby Volunteer Fire Department currently has no members and now, no chief. The City Council fired all 12 members Monday evening, and the department’s chief, Eric Wendt, resigned Wednesday morning.

With no active members, the city of 641 is relying on Minden and Avoca to respond to any emergencies via a mutual aid agreement. Robert Hall, who was a volunteer firefighter, said the department had also provided EMS services, and now the city is relying on a for-profit ambulance service based out of Harlan.

Wendt said he resigned not because of the firings but because of personal reasons. “It was only me serving the department, and, if something went south, I didn’t want to be held liable for anything,” Wendt said.

Full story: 2 days after City Council canned all 12 Shelby firefighters, chief resigns

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