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A house fire in Jacksonville, Florida has a former firefighter quite concerned about the response from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue. He says the firefighters got there quickly but he was susprised there were only two of them.
“A couple of the neighbors, and myself, we grabbed a hose and tried to get it laid out to fight the fire,” (neighbor Steve Leggett) he said.
The first fire engine wasn’t far behind them, but Leggett said he was shocked when only 2 firefighters got out.
“You need a minimum of 3 people on an engine company. I was on a ladder company for years, and you need a minimum of 4 there. But anything less than 3 is very difficult, very difficult,” said Leggett.
After budget cuts, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department has rearranged how it staffs some of its stations, which worries Leggett.
“I know they’re in a financial crunch with the city, but the safety of the police and fire is the last thing you want to cut, the very last thing you want to cut,” he said.
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- Helmet-cam video: House fire with a man trapped in Jacksonville, Florida. – September 12, 2013
- Helmet-cam: Jacksonville, FL firefighters at house fire with man trapped. – October 3, 2012
- UPDATED: Detroit sends out order closing 15 fire companies. 200 firefighters to be demoted. – July 2, 2012
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