Chattanooga Fire Department joins mutual aid service

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga firefighters are now apart of an emergency response service that allows them to give and receive help from other departments.

From rescues to fires, agencies in our area use Tri-State Mutual Aid in emergencies. On Thursday, the Chattanooga Fire Department officially joined this service.

“This partnership will allow resources from the Chattanooga Fire Department to help those other counties and the reverse is true as well. Those counties can come in if we have something large where we need resources that we don’t have access to, we can tap into those as well. So it is just a big expansion of multiple resources for fire service,” said Chief Philip Hyman, with the Chattanooga Fire Department.

The Tri-State Mutual Aid Association is made up of 50 different departments and serves 13 counties in the Tennessee Valley.

“Sometimes the resources are taxed to the limits where you need mutual aid to come in. Chattanooga was the last piece of this that really makes a lot of sense,” Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says the goal is to keep people safe.

“Since I have been Mayor one of the things I talked about from the very beginning was when tragedy occurs, if God forbid a catastrophe happens, lines on a map don’t matter. People just need help,” Mayor Berke said.

This won’t negatively impact tax payers.

“Each individual agency is responsible of their resources and so the tax payer dollars are actually saved doing it that way. It is much more efficient,” Chief Hyman said.

With this agreement, the department will be able to help more people.

“Now it benefits all of the different departments that we can support, so it is more about better response,” Chief Hyman said.

Chattanooga firefighters have already helped out through this service. Wednesday night they want on a call with Highway 58.

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