NewsLow number of volunteers for Highlands East fire departments SHARE ON: Smith Autumn, contributor, Wednesday, May. 14th, 2014 Highlands East is facing a low number of volunteer fire fighters. At the May 13 meeting, council approved more members leaving the department. Councilor Steve Kauffeldt expressed his concern over the decreasing numbers. Fire Chief Bill Wingrove says he doesn’t believe they’re at a critical state yet.