As Texas faces devastating wildfires, know that public policy plays a role.
State funding for volunteer firefighters is being cut by 75% - from $30 million to $7 million. From KVUE:
Most of the State of Texas is protected by volunteer departments. There are 879 volunteer departments compared to 114 paid departments and 187 departments that are a combination of both paid and volunteer firefighters.
In March, the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas said volunteer firefighters had begun pulling money from their own pockets “to help pay for equipment and supplies.”