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Legislature needs to address crisis in fire districts

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Arizona’s fire districts today find themselves facing a serious public safety crisis, one that impacts more than 1.5 million Arizona residents who rely on fire districts for 911 services. Already, districts statewide have slashed scores of fire fighters and paramedics. Others have been forced to close fire stations. These cutbacks have caused emergency response times to rise, leaving the public at high risk at precisely the moment they need public safety services the most.

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Proposals for fixing CPS emerge (access required)

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Authorities search for new ideas in the face of an ongoing crisis

Some lawmakers say Child Protective Services needs more money. Others say it should become its own agency, separate from the Department of Economic Security. Another cautions against “reactionary legislation” that won’t really solve anything.

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