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Tempe Fire Department to change name

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe Fire Department personnel spend most of their time doing things other than fighting fires so the department is changing its name to reflect that.

The department is now the Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department.

Officials said the change reflects that nearly four out of every five calls are for medical-related reasons.

According to the department, the name change will happen over the next five years on equipment and written material as items are replaced.

The changeover cost is estimated at $10,000.

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