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Published February 19 2012

Wahpeton Fire Department looking for volunteers

WAHPETON, N.D. — The Wahpeton Fire Department is looking for a little help.

The all-volunteer department has 40 members, and two are retiring later this year. First Assistant Chief Derek Miller says the department likes to have 45 members on staff, and no fewer than 40.

That means the agency is looking for volunteers — posting an outdoor ad, running newspaper ads and having members spread the word.

Wahpeton's Fire Department protects about 12,000 people in a 20-square-mile area that includes the city, neighboring Breckenridge, Minn., and Richland County.