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County Council approves hiring more firefighters

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

Authorization for overtime and hiring 24 new firefighters for the Bluffton Township Fire District was approved at Monday night's Beaufort County Council meeting.

The district says it is a temporary plan. 

The district's budget is being raised by $554, 000 through June 30. The money is being used to give overtime to current firefighters, hire and train new ones.

The hope is to have the new "temporary" firefighters trained and ready to go by July.

The fire district said the County Council is scheduled to vote on the permanent plan sometime in April. The district said they want year round funding for new firefighters so they can fully staff stations in the two gated communities.

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