Rural Metro Explained
|Chances are recently you have had a knock at your
door and someone has asked you for a continuation to the Loudon County
Rescue Squad. Once a year the all volunteer rescue squad has a fund
raiser to support their operations which include fire protection, car
crash extractions, water rescues, smoke investigations and on and on.
The squad provides service for a large portion of the county at no cost
for their services.
If you live in the east end of Loudon County between Hwy. 321 and the Knox County line there is also a chance that you have been asked to subscribe to Knox County Rural Metro Fire Department for your fire protection and might not feel compelled to contribute to the Loudon County Rescue Squad. Here's the problem.
Loudon County 911 Dispatch Center has no way of knowing who is a Rural Metro subscriber. If you live in the Loudon County Rescue Squad service area and have a fire at your home and you or a neighbor dial 911, 911 will dispatch the Loudon County Rescue Squad even if you are a Rural Metro subscriber. Only if someone calls Knox County Rural Metro directly will they respond to a subscriber's home. Chances are if you have a fire emergence in your home your first inclination would be to call 911, not the seven digit number provided by Knox County Rural Metro Fire Department.
Regardless whether you subscribe to Knox County Rural Metro Fire Department or if you do or do not contribute to the Loudon County Rescue Squad, the squad will respond to your fire emergence. Knox County Rural Metro Fire Department subscriptions can cost hundreds of dollars per year depending on the size of your home yet if you ever had a fire emergency chances are Knox County Rural Metro Fire Department will never be contacted to respond. Your subscription fee could be wasted. If you are currently a subscriber to Knox County Rural Metro Fire Department, you may want to reconsider and make a contribution to the Loudon County Rescue Squad.