Bank Sues WV Fire Department For Nonpayment on Apparatus Lease

A volunteer fire company in West Virginia is being sued by a local bank for defaulting on payments for a new 3,000 gallon tanker.

Last August, the Wharncliffe Volunteer Fire Department Inc. purchased a new tanker under a lease-purchase agreement with Country Roads Leasing. The lease agreement was then assigned to Summit Community Bank, who claims the fire company has made no payments and owes it $52,206 plus interest.

The suit was filed March 26, 2014 in Hardy County Circuit Court. No word on whether the bank will be moving to repossess the tanker.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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