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FARGO—The city on the grow is putting a big strain on its fire department.

Calls to West Fargo fire have reached a record high in just the past 14 days.

Like clockwork, Levi Nesvold drops off his equipment everyday at the fire department and then heads to work.

"This is my my jacket and my hat. It's a little dirty right now. It's been busy this week," said Levi.

Always being ready at his pager's notice.

"It's sits there and goes off, and you drop whatever you're doing and run to the firehall," said Levi.

So far, it's gone off 27 times in the last 14 days, five of those calls for building fires.

One off of 44th St last Thursday when Levi doused and fought from the ladder.

Or at 26th, where they've battled flames twice this week alone.

"It's a lot. I left at noon for that house fire and never went back to work at all that day," said Levi.

44 other volunteers join Levi leaving work, birthday parties, and family gatherings at a moment's notice.

"It isn't the $8 million in fire trucks that I have and it isn't the $5 million in buildings. It's the 45 volunteer firefighters that make this department work where it actually hits the ground," said Chief Dan Fuller, West Fargo Fire Dept.

In 7 months, the department plans to for the first time bring on 8 full-time firefighting positions to meet this growing demand.

"We have clusters of calls. We don't have a call every four and a half hours. What we have is no calls for a day and then we have 5 calls the next day," said Chief Fuller.

That move should ease the strain on volunteers and reduce their calls by 50-percent, but it won't stop them from responding to the call of service.

"I get a great sense of pride in this department. I feel like we are all very well trained. Everybody here is willing to put in above and beyond for their community," said Levi.

Rushing to the scene of danger now more than ever before.

The fire department hopes to have full-time firefighters by January 1st.

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