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Bleak financial outlook forces cuts, layoff at Hellsgate FD

Facing a massive $365,000 hole in its budget next year, the Hellsgate Fire Department is bracing for major changes in how it provides services to residents in its 40-square-mile district.

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Humble beginnings

First call turned out to be the current fire chief’s home

During the last year, Hellsgate Fire Department experienced a host of changes including the combination of two fire departments, a new name and a chief to oversee it all. Several firefighters quit along the way because of the changes, but what remained was a dedicated group of trained firefighters protecting more than 4,000 people in the Rim Country.

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