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Volunteer Firefighting: Agreement Pays Off for SD Firefighters

Two recent incidents demonstrated the usefulness of a joint-response agreement for fire departments in Butte County, South Dakota. A Butte County Post report (http://bit.ly/Yu7yO5) cited two mobile home fires that firefighters from a number of the county's five volunteer fire departments worked together to mitigate. Formed in 1979, the Butte County Fire Protection Association allows the various departments tap into a state law that allows a special tax levy for fire protection. In a time of shrinking resources and a smaller volunteer base, this association makes it easier for the departments to provide fire service to residents in the sprawling county, and the departments can coordinate t...

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