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The Willmar Fire Department is finding it crucial to add personnel and build their experience. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

City panel backs hiring more firefighters


WILLMAR -- Fire Chief Gary Hendrickson has received support from the City Council's Labor Relations Committee to hire more paid on-call firefighters.

If the full council approves the committee's recommendation at the Sept. 3 meeting, the current maximum roster will increase from 35 to 40. The department currently has 32 active firefighters now and 1 on a leave of absence.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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