Texas Firefighters Forced To Pay For Gear, Engine Fuel

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    Sep 10, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    If (and that's a big if) the Virginia earthquake was a sign from God to Washington, what are the droughts and fires telling Texas?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/09/rick-perry-fire-department-cuts-texas-wild-fires_n_956307.htmlEarlier this week, HuffPost reported that Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP front-runner for president, had signed off on millions in firefighting cuts as part of the state's most recent budget legislation. The Texas Forest Service's funding has gone from $117.7 million in the 2010-2011 budget years to $83 million in the 2012-2013 budget years.

    Severe cuts have also hit assistance grants to volunteer fire departments throughout Texas. The grants decreased from $30 million per year in 2010 and 2011 to $13.5 million per year in 2012 and 2013. These are cuts that firemen are now dealing with.
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    "For years, public safety was the golden calf -- that we were untouchable," Turner said. "Nobody's untouchable. It is a shame. They are basically putting a price on how much our lives are worth. It's disturbing at best."
  • Bigolbear

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    Sep 12, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidIf (and that's a big if) the Virginia earthquake was a sign from God to Washington, what are the droughts and fires telling Texas?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/09/rick-perry-fire-department-cuts-texas-wild-fires_n_956307.htmlEarlier this week, HuffPost reported that Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP front-runner for president, had signed off on millions in firefighting cuts as part of the state's most recent budget legislation. The Texas Forest Service's funding has gone from $117.7 million in the 2010-2011 budget years to $83 million in the 2012-2013 budget years.

    Severe cuts have also hit assistance grants to volunteer fire departments throughout Texas. The grants decreased from $30 million per year in 2010 and 2011 to $13.5 million per year in 2012 and 2013. These are cuts that firemen are now dealing with.
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    "For years, public safety was the golden calf -- that we were untouchable," Turner said. "Nobody's untouchable. It is a shame. They are basically putting a price on how much our lives are worth. It's disturbing at best."


    He tried, he prayed for rain, what else do you want from the man?
  • GQjock

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    Sep 12, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    Texas Miracle .... Comin' at 'cha icon_cool.gif