ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After three days, Kinloch Firefighters still have not returned to duty. The volunteer department went on strike amid concerns new management is setting them up for failure, yet again.

Last month, former Chief Darren Small and his wife Jayna, were indicted for stealing from the Fire Department. Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Rhodus says the Board appointed Willie Pryor for Fire Chief – he has been an EMT and firefighter with Kinloch.

“That is what is entitling him to take the job as the Chief,” Rhodus says. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know now and it has scared my crews. If you were to ask them what their thoughts are and what’s going on, they’re scared.”

Rhodus doesn’t know what the resolution to end the walk-out will be. A board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m., and the community is invited.

There is a mutual aid agreement in place, where surrounding departments will handle fire calls for Kinloch.

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