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The Redding Board of Finance has unanimously approved a recommendation to increase tax breaks for volunteer first responders.  The Board of Selectmen will next take up the idea to benefit volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.  The current abatement is a maximum of $1,000, but it would be doubled to $2,000 under the proposal.  Volunteers need to meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for the abatement on personal property such as a home or vehicle.  The metrics take into account years of service, the number of weekly drills or training, call response and special committees. First Selectman Julia Pemberton says this could help the three fire companies recruit new members, which they've struggled with over the years.

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