By Steve Blake, Special to The Record – Life on the border presents some challenges. But it also has its benefits, even though federal governments have gotten stricter regarding border crossing issues since September 11, 2001. Local fire departments in Vermont and Quebec have had mutual aid agreements for several years. Customs officials on both sides of the border respect the agreements and, for the most part, allow fire trucks responding to a fire to speed through. But firefighters stop and report on their way back. See full story in the Thursday, October 18 edition of The Record.