After Spearfish's longtime volunteer fire department voted to disband in 2015, the city council has approved paid city firefighting staff and the volunteers voted to continue operating under the new system, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
The city has approved the creation of three paid full-time firefighting positions, including a fire chief. Those employees will work with up to 63 trained volunteers, who will be reimbursed by the city for travel expenses and will receive immunizations. City mechanics will maintain fire vehicles.
In addition, the city and Lawrence County have agreed on the Spearfish Fire Protection District, a 185-square-mile area that stretches from the Wyoming border on the west to Interstate 90 Exit 17 on the east and south into Cleopatra Place in Spearfish Canyon.
Read the city's new ordinance and the accompanying resolution on the city of Spearfish website (see page 16 of the document).
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