The Massie Twp. Fire Department has a new chief, Donald Fuguate, and is back in operation.

Fire department back in place in Warren County township

On Tuesday night, the township trustees picked Donald Fugate to succeed Fire Chief Scott Hines, who resigned on Jan. 2.

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Fugate was the captain reporting to Hines, the only paid member of the volunteer department.

Hines resigned after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer force resigned too.

Emergency medical service - handled through mutual aid with Wayne Twp., Warren County, and Chester Twp., Clinton County - still has to be returned to the department, Trustee David Crisenbery said.

“We’re checking protocols seeing how quick we can get our EMS back on,” Crisenbery said.

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The trustees also plan to move ahead with forming a joint district with Chester Twp.