Mount Desert Fire Chief Mike Bender hopes to hire two new firefighters. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Firefighters needed in Mount Desert

MOUNT DESERT — Fire Chief Mike Bender is looking to hire two full-time firefighters at starting salaries of $34,816.

The Board of Selectmen Monday night authorized Bender to begin recruiting for those positions. The fire department portion of the municipal budget that voters approved at the May 3 town meeting includes money for the new personnel.

The new hires will double the number of full-time, salaried members of the fire department.

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