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Firefighters Required for Candlelight Services

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) - Homewood's fire chief says churches holding Christmas Eve candlelight services must get a permit and pay four off-duty firefighters $100 each to monitor safety.

Pastors of several churches in Homewood say they had no knowledge of the regulations.

Fire Chief John Bresnan says the permit law has been on the books for more than 10 years. Bresnan says he has required Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, which he attends, to request a permit and have firefighters on hand.

The Birmingham News reports that Edgewood Presbyterian Church, a small church that expects about 200 people at its Christmas Eve candlelight service, was recently notified of the requirements.

Pastor Sid Burgess says he thinks the requirement seems like overkill, and he says the $400 payment is a lot for a small church.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

 

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