NewsHighlands East Fire Department begin recruitment efforts SHARE ON: Smith Autumn, contributor, Friday, Jul. 11th, 2014 The Highlands East Fire Department is looking for new recruits. The department has lost some members over the past few months, bringing them down to only 48. Councilor Steve Kauffeldt expressed his concerns at a council meeting, saying the department is close to less than half of what is required for the municipality. Fire Chief Bill Wingrove updated council at this week’s meeting, with cards to advertise recruitment.