Circleville fire and police say overtime, staffing issues are wearing crews thin

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CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio - It took the Circleville Fire Department more than an hour, last Thursday, to cut a man out of his vehicle after a large branch fell on it after it was struck by lightning.That night, two other neighboring fire departments assisted with getting the man out, tree-cutting and traffic. Then, Tuesday morning of this week four neighboring township fire departments came to assist CFD as part of mutual aid with another house fire.Tuesday morning's fire also made the 17th call for the Circleville Fire Department in 24 hours. The average, according to Chief Brian Thompson, is anywhere from nine to 15. With only having four staff members a day, Thompson says it's taking a toll."Fatigued," Thompson said of his employees. "Not only physically...

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Circleville fire and police say overtime, staffing issues are wearing crews thin

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