September 29, 2013
Wayne DeLuca, right, sits with his son Nick after training Sept. 7 at the Hayden fire training facility. The Hayden department has four sets of father-son firefighters.
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Across the United States, fire departments that rely on volunteers and minimally paid firefighters are struggling to fill their ranks. It is no different here in Routt County, and local officials increasingly are growing concerned. They said local staffing levels not only put their firefighters at risk, they also increase response times, putting lives and property at risk.