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Fire department staffed by 5 chiefs

The chiefs are pulling double duty as they work for their department and their hometown departments


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A fire department typically has one fire chief, but the Cedar Rapids Fire Department has a handful. Fire chiefs from across Eastern Iowa are finding themselves working on the same team. They are pulling double duty by working for both Cedar Rapids and their hometown volunteer fire departments.

"I think the passion is what drives us to do it and keeps us going and keeps us excited about it,” said Springville Fire Chief Patrick Hoyt.

Hoyt is one of five fire chiefs on the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, other than the Cedar Rapids Fire Chief. Hoyt is starting his third year as chief in Springville, while he serves as a firefighter in Cedar Rapids. Roy Becker is ranked a captain in Cedar Rapids, but holds the title of Chief at the Norway Volunteer Fire Department. Cedar Rapids Firefighter Eric Vandewater has been serving as the fire chief in North Liberty for seven years. He is paid a part-time salary for his guidance to the volunteer department.

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