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Area firefighters: calls for help continue grow

Area firefighters: calls for help continue grow

Some Historic Triangle fire departments saw record high call volumes in 2016, as new homes are built and the area's tourism attractions continue to draw a significant audience.

While fire officials in both James City and York counties say population growth continues to be a concern, Williamsburg's chief believes the increased call volumes is also a result of high-need populations.

All three localities face some strikingly similar issues. The area swells with tourists each spring, summer and fall, meaning emergency responders are serving more people than the resident population would dictate. And leaders in each locality said the number of medical calls they respond to are on...