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Volunteer Firefighters Speak Out

PROSSER, Wash. - Volunteer firefighters with Benton County Fire District Three serving the city of Prosser said they'll keep working, for now.

The decision comes after a meeting with fire commissioners on Monday night.  The president of the firefighters association said the volunteers at Benton County Fire District Three want answers as to why Deputy Chief Richard Clizbe resigned last Thursday. 

Some volunteers said they feel Clizbe was forced to resign because of personal problems with the current chief, Doug merrit.  Meritt said personnell issues are protected and legally they can't be discussed.

The volunteers said they want a mediation board to come in and begin open discussion.  That mediation board is expected to be made up of three local fire chiefs who will hear both sides of the story and will make recommendations as to what should be done.

The volunteers said they want to keep serving their community but do want more open communication.

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