By David Gee, The Independent article The fire departments of Salado and El Paso, Texas, are being forced to go out without funding.
The two agencies have been at the receiving end of a cut in state funding, with El Paso losing about $5 million of the $16 million it had promised to Salado, a city of about 10,000 people about 50 miles (80km) east of San Antonio.
A spokesperson for the two fire departments said that although they were not directly hit by the cut, they had been unable to keep their operations afloat.
“We are looking at a couple of different options, but one of them is to have to lay off the firefighters,” said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson said the two agencies were “under great stress”.””
That is what is going to happen.”
The spokesperson said the two agencies were “under great stress”.
“We have no funds for the Salados fire department to operate as a full-time department, and as a result we are looking to cut that budget and reduce our staffing,” he said.
“The two fire brigades have been through some tough times over the last year and a half, and we are in a desperate situation, we are on the brink of insolvency, and are not able to keep the fire departments running.”
Salado and other local governments in El Paso and San Antonio also had to make cuts to their budgets.
The city’s city manager, Michael Cotto, said the cuts in funding were the result of a state funding crisis.
“What we have seen is that the governor has cut funds to all of our fire departments, including El Paso,” he told the ABC.
Salados fire chief Robert Fickel said the city was on the verge of a “full-blown financial meltdown” and the city needed to get funding to stay afloat.”
We’re also under a state of emergency.”
Salados fire chief Robert Fickel said the city was on the verge of a “full-blown financial meltdown” and the city needed to get funding to stay afloat.
Mr Ficke, who also runs the local chapter of the National Association of Firefighters, said he hoped his city’s fire department would soon find a new job, but he would not be surprised if it had to lay people off.
“I’m going to be looking for a new fire chief, but I think I have to look for another job,” he warned.
“You have to be able to do this work, you have to get the fire department back on track.”‘
It’s been tough, but the people that I have put in charge of the fire, we’ve done a wonderful job, and they’ve kept us going’, El Paso city councilor Rob Bell said.
The city council of El Paso is also under state of state of siege.
“In the last two years, we have had more than a dozen layoffs and closures,” El Paso Mayor Mike Rawlins said.
Salado City Councilman Jason Garcia said his city had lost $7 million in state aid since 2015, and that its budget had fallen by about $2 million.
“To be cut like that and to have a city in this state of bankruptcy, it’s been pretty tough,” he added.
“But we’ve got a lot of good firefighters that are doing a wonderful, wonderful job.”