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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Several fire departments in the eastern part of Pender County will merge.

Hampstead, Sloop Point and Long Creek Grady departments will join together with Pender Volunteer EMS and rescue to form a new non-profit corporation.

Pender EMS Chief Woody Sullivan says the merger was the idea of the departments involved and was not forced by the county.

“The most important message I want to send out of here today is that this doesn’t work without the volunteer membership in the fire service, and we want to build on that relationship with them to make this a successful program,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan says the new unnamed corporation should be in operation by June 30.

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