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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.

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    A Chesterville firefighter shovels snow in front of the door on Tuesday at the fire station in Chesterville. Central Maine departments are feeling the crunch of fewer volunteers, less money and more required training.

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    Chesterville firefighter Conley Gould Jr., left, and assistant chief John Archer inspect one of their fire trucks on Tuesday at the fire station in Chesterville. Central Maine departments are feeling the crunch of fewer volunteers, less money and more required training.

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    Chesterville firefighters inspect one of the department’s fire rescue trucks on Tuesday at the fire station in Chesterville. Central Maine departments are feeling the crunch of fewer volunteers, less money and more required training.

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    Chesterville firefighters check over equipment on one of their fire trucks on Tuesday at the fire station in Chesterville. Central Maine departments are feeling the crunch of fewer volunteers, less money and more required training.

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    A Chesterville firefighter shovels snow in front of the door on Tuesday at the fire station in Chesterville. Central Maine departments are feeling the crunch of fewer volunteers, less money and more required training.

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    Joseph Hastings takes a fire rescue truck out for a drive on Tuesday at the fire station in Chesterville. Hastings, 19, is a lieutenant with the department and also a member of the Farmington Fire Department.

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    Farmington firefighters Kyle Ellis, left, and Mike Booker conduct a daily inspection of air packs at the Farmington Fire Department on Monday. Ellis is also the deputy fire chief of the Wilton department and Booker is the fire chief in Jay. The firefighters and others participate in regional efforts in order to save money and resources.

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    GALLERY: Firefighting 2/28 - Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans | of | Share this photo

    Tim Theriault, chief of the volunteer fire department in China Village.

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    Skowhegan Fire Chief Shawn Howard at the Skowhegan department. He is also the Madison fire chief.

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    Farmington Fire department Capt. Tim Hardy puts away extrication tools into a department truck.

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    Farmington Fire Chief Terry Bell.

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    The home of Rick and Tina Belanger lies in blackened ruins in front of the Caratunk post office on Nov. 17, the day after a fire destroyed the home, another nearby home, garage and did serious damage to the post office.

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    Patty Cormier, a firefighter with the Farmington Fire Department, at an August fire. Cormier is the only woman on the town’s roster and one of the few in the state.

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