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Chesterville Fire Lt. Joseph Hastings checks that one of the flashlights work while he and other firefighters checked over two of the department trucks on Tuesday at the fire station in Chesterville. Hastings, 19, is also a member of the Farmington Fire Department. Central Maine departments are feeling the crunch of fewer volunteers, less money and more required training.

Crisis looms for central Maine volunteer fire departments

Aging crews, increasing training needs, lack of volunteers and money, and tougher fires all add to issues facing departments in Franklin, Somerset and Kennebec counties.

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