Budget Cuts Force Firefighters to Respond Without Water, Unable to Handle Life-and-Death Calls
Portland, Oregon firefighters showed at fires - without water - at least twice in the past week due to budget cuts, KGW news reports.
With their budget cut in half, two fire stations in North Portland have begun leaving the fire trucks that have water back at the station. They've begun responding to fires with ladder trucks only, then calling help from other fire stations that can send water trucks - several minutes later.
And, they're not alone. Fire stations in other major cities are closing or reducing resources due to budget cuts - one has even lost the ability to respond to life-and-death situations:
- Brooklyn, New York residents are even marching to protest the fire department cuts
- Fresno and Contra Costa Co., California have suffered closures and cuts
- Jacksonville, Florida is facing closure of three fire stations
- Memphis, Tennessee will be losing a station and more than 90 fire service jobs
- Mesa, Arizona is proposing to go to smaller trucks that can't handle life-and-death situations in order to deal with its cuts: Columbus, GA is looking to lay off firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians