CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A recent fire in one of Calgary’s newest communities has prompted the Calgary Firefighters Association (CFA) to speak out about budget cuts.
Last week in southeast Calgary a fire destroyed one house and damaged another in Legacy. Fire crews said no engine was available in the area and the closest truck was more than 12 minutes away in Midnapore.
The CFA says as the city grows each year, its budget and resources keep shrinking.
Calgary is getting bigger and bigger & the Fire Dept budget is getting smaller and smaller. The Fire Dept is at the breaking point.
If the city continues to grow & our budget continues to shrink. The lives of Calgarians & Firefighters will be put at risk. https://t.co/uA3YNg8sAN
— Calgary Firefighters Association (@CGYFireFighters) November 6, 2019
President Mike Henson says he’s going public because the situation is now very serious.
“We’re into a dangerous, critical situation right now. Firefighters don’t like to complain. What we’re worried about is, lives of Calgarians and lives of firefighters are at risk now.”
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Henson is urging Calgary City Council to properly fund the fire department, including more money to serve the 14 new communities coming online.
He encourages Calgarians to talk to their city councillor.
“Have a discussion with their councillors about what’s important to them. Safety for their communities, safety for their families and other resources that they need.”
In July, city council cut $60-million from its 2019 budget to offer relief for businesses facing steep property taxes.
The cuts included $9-million in reductions to the Calgary Fire Department.