Extra staff to help with increased calls

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (WCIA) — This fire department is growing by one.

It’s all because of an increase in calls.

The city council voted to add an additional firefighter. The number of calls has grown by more than one hundred in the last year.

Those are mainly medically related. Chief Steve Bennett says the extra staff will ensure everyone’s safety. 

Charleston will have 35 members after the new hire. The department is full time. And they operate out of two stations in town. 


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