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Oak Creek Fire Protection District firefighters, pictured Wednesday at the Oak Creek station, responded to 226 calls in 2008, which is 35 percent more than in 2007.

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In its early years, the Oak Creek Fire Protection District accepted volunteers "as long as they were breathing and had a pulse," Chief Chuck Wisecup said. But the district's fire and ambulance crews have grown and professionalized throughout the years to meet residents' increasing demand for service, which reached an all-time high of 226 calls in 2008 - a 35 percent increase compared with the previous year.

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