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Resource ID: #18180
Subject: Fire Departments
Source: Governing
Date: July


Governing reports on the struggles of fire departments to justify funding and staffing levels as the number of fires declines across the nation. Only about 12 percent of calls to fire departments today are actually for fires, they report. Fire departments provide emergency medical services now, which also help to generate revenue. The success of 911 programs has also contributed to this, they report. "The uninsured or underinsured have learned that it is easier to dial 911 and have the fire department arrive within minutes than to wait weeks or months for an appointment at a health clinic."

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