Kentucky Fire Department Sues Over Repossession

A volunteer fire department in Kentucky is suing a leasing company who repossessed four pumpers and a four-wheeler earlier this year.

Last May, First Government Lease Co. of Northfield, Illinois, repossessed the equipment belonging to the Warfield Volunteer Fire Department. The department is now suing not only to get the equipment back, but for monetary damages. Neighboring fire departments have been providing assistance to the department has the proceeding have been unfolding.

Attorney Chris Harris, who represents Warfield Volunteer Fire Department, was quoted by WCHS Channel 8 as saying “We feel like there is fraud involved in what happened in not only the procurement of the loan but also in the repossession of the vehicles” and that the fire department doesn’t “deserve to be preyed upon by out of state companies.”

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 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) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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