This year, there is no money for firefighters to make water rescues and the number of Hazardous Material teams has been cut from two to one. Lloyd Ogan is the Operations Chief for Sac Fire. He says Hazmat and rescue cuts total a million dollars a year.
OGAN: "We no longer have the capability to respond to two hazardous materials incidents at the same time. That happens about 50 times per year."
Sacramento Metropolitan, West Sacramento, Placer and Folsom fire departments are in talks with the city as to how those agencies might help cover the lost water rescue coverage. Sac Metro Fire did not cut its special ops programs, in part because it does not pay the special incentive pay Sac Fire pays its firefighters. Ogan says Sac Fire is already understaffed by 10 percent compared to other regions of similar size.