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Firefighter shortage in south Spokane

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Qualified candidates should contact SCFD 8 if they're interested in applying. Qualified candidates should contact SCFD 8 if they're interested in applying.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

As more firefighters arrive from out of town to battle wildfires, local crews are battling an entirely different problem.

It's the last thing you want to hear in the middle of fire season, but one south Spokane County fire district is having a problem finding firefighters. 

At Station 81 on the South Hill, the sign out front says they're accepting applications. Assistant Chief Greg Godfrey, who has been in the fire service for nearly four decades, says he's never see anything quite like this.

 Spokane County Fire District 8 covers 121 square miles stretching from Highway 195 all the way to Liberty Lake, south of I-90. 

Between their 4 stations, they respond to between 2,800 and 3,000 calls a year. 

Godfrey says although they didn't have as many full time firefighters in his district as they could have, It didn't have any effect on their response to the Yale Road Fire.

The district is hoping to fill their empty positions when they open up testing next spring. 

If you're interested in applying for a job with the fire department, you have to go through training first. That starts at local colleges, but if you're already qualified, you can contact Spokane County Fire District 8.

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