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Hellsgate Fire Department’s business manager Angela Lecher captured this photo of a dozen firefighters working a massive blaze in June 2008 that charred an estate.

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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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