Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) signed a proclamation back in April asking God for rain for Texas. The drought continued through the summer, which led to untold losses in crops and livestock, and also led to wildfires, which have burned nearly 700 homes and killed several people. Gov. Perry also cut funding for volunteer fire departments by 75%.
Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain were slated to have their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million, according to KVUE.
The majority of Texas is protected by volunteer fire departments. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas and only 114 paid fire departments. Another 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.
That would be really ironic if it wasn’t so tragic.