Firefighters are on board

MOUNT DESERT — The number of full-time, salaried members of the Mount Desert Fire Department has doubled with the hiring of Chapin McFarland and Benjamin Wallace. They join Chief Mike Bender and Lt. Amilie Blackman.

The municipal budget for this fiscal year, which voters approved at the May town meeting, included money for the new personnel.

The new positions were created because of a chronic shortage of volunteers, which many towns are experiencing.

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