City Clerk Christine Black swears in new firefighters. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Hollister Fire Department graduates four new firefighters

Three additional staff expected to be hired in the near future.

The Hollister Fire Department needs 41 firefighters to cover both cities and the county, according to Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

SAFER grant won and likely lost within a week

Acceptance of $2.6 million grant could be hindered by upcoming expiration of shared fire services contract between Hollister, San Juan Bautista and San Benito County.

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Police / Fire

12 firefighters suspended, chief shuffles crews to cover cities and county

As 12 firefighters let go with loss of grant, Chief Bob Martin Del Campo scrambles to save jobs while protecting two cities and county

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Police / Fire

Chief says 12 firefighters to be let go if grant to fund them not awarded by Friday

Chief says fire academy suspended, a dozen firefighters will be terminated if money to fund the position doesn't show up by Sept. 30