A new year will mean new ownership for a local fire department.
La Vergne is one of two cities in the state that doesn't own its fire department. That will change on New Year's Eve.
The city recently reached a deal with La Vergne Fire Incorporated to buy the privately owned fire department for $4 million.
The buyout will be paid in two $2 million payments.
La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley told Nashville's News 2 the decision came down to money.
“It's roughly seven million dollars that we could save and actually roll that money back into the city and into equipment and into the fire department itself,” the mayor explained.
Even though the city hasn't owned its three fire stations, it's been paying the upkeep on the equipment and buildings all along.
The fire department employs 27 firefighters. All have been offered jobs with the city.
Rick McCormick will become the new fire chief. He's been with the department for 27 years.
“It is a true honor,” McCormick told News 2 Tuesday.
The city also plans to add 13 firefighters over the next several months.
The department will strive to maintain its three-minute response time.
The city will now be able to apply for grants that could eventually help build a new fire hall.
The contract takes effect at 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve.