Fire chiefs: More crews, gear needed to meet increasing demand

Local fire departments are trying to respond to fires, accidents and medical emergencies as quickly as possible as they get more calls than ever before.

Fire departments have worked to lower response times in recent years, including adding a third fire station in Franklin in 2010 and a new ambulance service in White River Township last year.

But residents could wait longer for help if the number of calls for help continues to increase, unless local departments buy more equipment or hire additional firefighters, officials said.

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