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Arcata Fire sees huge drop in volunteer firefighters

Arcata Fire sees huge drop in volunteer firefighters

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union MCKINLEYVILLE/ARCATA – The chief of the Arcata Fire Protection District (AFD) has named recruitment of volunteer firefighters as a major challenge, as their numbers have dropped sharply over the years. District Chief Justin McDonald is president of the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, whose annual report was released earlier this

Arcata’s Allen Masterson remembers the Holocaust: ‘I want people to understand’

Kevin L Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – Arcata’s oldest surviving firefighter, Allen Masterson, served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne in World War II. Last week, someone asked him if he has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He does, from a couple of experiences he generally keeps to himself. “I never talk about it,”