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Union Hill Fire Department will shut down for good in just days

A fire department that serves part of Wayne County is shutting down in days.

On Thursday, the Union Hill Fire Department responded to a blaze in Ontario. A home was destroyed. Now, in less than a week – the department will cease to exist.

It’s closing on December 31st.

Union Hill has existed since 1944. It’s protected about 10 square miles between Webster and Ontario. They cover County Line Road, Lakeside Road, Whitney Road, and Lake Road, as well as the spaces in-between.

“You put your heart and soul into something it’s kind of hard to say goodbye,” Kevin Ramph, Union Hill’s volunteer fire chief said to News10NBC. “At the end of the day it’s kind of hard. After you spent 17 years, 20 years, 30 years doing something.”

“It’s been tough,” longtime volunteer Greg Read told News10NBC. “I fought hard for a lot of this [equipment] but, like they say, times have changed.

The Ontario Fire District is expected to take over the territory currently covered by Union Hill.

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