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Firefighter Hires Make Prince George County (MD) Volunteers Nervous

The Prince George's fire department has been on an unprecedented hiring spree, bringing in about 250 new recruits during the past three years to improve safety and response times, reports The Washington Post. But the hiring has not been without controversy. The county is the nation's largest combination volunteer and career fire department, with 820 career fire and rescue staff working side by side with more than 1,000 volunteers. The recent spurt -- all career firefighters -- has exacerbated tensions among volunteers who worry that they are being pushed out. "The bottom line is about service," said Prince George’s Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, adding that hiring more paid firefi...

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