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Charlotte’s volunteer firefighters are negotiating an agreement with city officials for their return

Washington state Department of Ecology

Officials with the city of Charlotte are working to put a communication plan in place for the return of the city’s volunteer firefighters.

All 23 volunteers with the fire department abruptly resigned during a city council meeting this week, citing an unsupportive environment. The department’s fire chief has also announced his resignation.

"I want to find out what exactly it is that they don't feel supported in. And I think part of it, you know, it may be it's just the dialogue and communication and having looking at how that communication flows." said Charlotte's mayor, Mike Armitage.

Armitage says the fire department is working with neighboring agencies to help respond to emergencies until an agreement with the volunteers can be reached.