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Toppenish Fire Department Keeps One of Its Own

TOPPENISH, Wash. - The Toppenish Fire Department will get to keep one of its firefighters.

The city and the fire department came together recently to figure out a plan to keep a paid firefighter on-staff.

In its original budget plans, the city decided to cut the position from the already short-handed staff.

Captain Tim Smith said it's still going to be a big challenge for his crew to cover the area.

"It's going to be tough," he said. "We're hoping going into the next year that we're not going to have a whole lot of overtime, so in other words. Hopefully calls aren't going to warrant bringing, calling in any firefighters."

Smith said the fire department had to cut $68,000 out of its budget to keep the firefighters' job.

But the city is still freezing three positions within the police department: a dispatcher, a detective and a jailer.