Texas cut fire department funding by 75 percent this year

Charles Johnson9/07/2011 10:35:46 am PDT

re: #9 Big Steve

Really? So the Executive Director of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas is also hyperventilating over nothing?

Volunteer firefighters in Texas struggle with financial crisis | Austin.

State funding for volunteer fire departments is taking a big hit. It is going from $30 million to $7 million. Those departments are already facing financial strains.

The State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas represents 21,000 state firefighters. The Association says more than 80 percent of volunteer firefighters are reporting taking a personal hit in the budget crisis. They have started using their own money to help pay for equipment and supplies.

“We’ve seen budget cuts, but this is the worst time that we’ve ever seen,” said Executive Director Chris Barron. “As far as the budget crisis and the fuel cost stuff for example continues to go up and it doesn’t help us out any whatsoever, so with the rising fuel and the budget cuts from the state it’s taken a great effect. I think the citizens and the public is going to see that.”