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Feds haven't paid for Albany fire protection

February 11, 2008

Albany -- Aide was quick, but federal reimbursement to local fire departments that helped during last year's wildfires is slow in coming.

The city of Albany still hasn't been reimbursed for the help they gave during Georgia's largest wildfire disaster last April in Ware County. Fire officials say they knew reimbursement would take a while because of the number of agencies that helped out.

"We worked with the finance department and with the city manager's office and we made everyone aware of the volume that we were dealing with and what the anticipation would be and we went ahead and made accommodations for that," said AFD Deputy Chief David Eddins.

Reimbursements have just arrived for fire fighters who responded in Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina pounded the gulf coast. The city has been reimbursed for their help with the Americus tornado.

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