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NEWTON FALLS — A majority of the members of the Newton Falls Fire Department have been locked out of the fire hall because they lack required training.

“The commissioners have been after them for the last three years,” said Gary M. Edick, one of the commissioners of the fire district that oversees the department. “We got really serious over the last six months.”

Firefighters are required to take a basic training course. Only five of the department’s 23 members have the training, Mr. Edick said.

Without the course work, members are not covered by state insurance.

“They’re locked out at this point,” Mr. Edick said. “We’re only doing it to protect our community.”

Until the members receive the training or additional volunteers are found, the community will rely on mutual aid from neighboring departments, Mr. Edick said.

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