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Volunteer firefighters sue city, chief after leaving department

The firefighters are suing for the return of equipment and other items they say belong to them

By FireRescue1 Staff

SALISBURY, Md. — Volunteer firefighters who left a Maryland fire department in February are suing the fire chief and city for the return of equipment and other items they say belong to them.

Delmarva Now reported that the firefighters left Salisbury Fire Department Station 1 and were unable to retrieve items they say they paid for with the volunteer company’s funds.

Included in the complaint is a detailed list of the items they want back. The list includes tools, forestry hoses, shoes, exercise equipment, TVs and a 60-inch Christmas wreath. The firefighters are also seeking $494,316 in damages.

The city is still waiting for the firefighters to give them financial records, according to Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.

“We can’t give them anything until we determine if any taxpayer funds were used to acquire them,” Mayor Day said.

The firefighters' attorney said that since they have parted ways with the city, they are no longer obligated to reveal their finances.

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