- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Officials with the Williston Fire Department say the city needs another fire hall.

The Williston Herald reports (https://bit.ly/Vd1xV9) that the department now covers an area the size of Bismarck, which is North Dakota’s second-largest city. Bismarck has five fire stations. Williston has one.

The firefighters have responded to twice as many calls last year as they did in 2013. There have already been 280 reports this year, compared to 115 all of last year.

The department has 33 firefighters on staff, up from about 20 nearly two decades ago. The city has one full-time fire chief and others work mostly on a volunteer basis.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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