Budget Cuts Force Firefighters to Respond Without Water, Unable to Handle Life-and-Death Calls

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 12, 2013 | 1:17 PM EDT

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: