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Chief asks for more firefighters in budget
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During a budget workshop last week, Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker requested that city aldermen include money for two more full-time firefighters in the 3013-14 city budget.The city fire department was a volunteer department with no paid members until last year, when aldermen funded a full-time fire administrator at $35,350.Parker was chosen for that position.The chief voiced his thanks to the mayor and board of aldermen for their support in the past, but said more needs to be done to keep the fire department up to speed.“The biggest thing we're asking for again this time is to see if we can add some personnel,” Parker told the board.“I know we made a big accomplishment last year by putting one (paid position) on. I do appreciate that. I think that is giving us a good start to move forward.

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