by Ashton Goodell
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The firefighters union says it's just starting to see cuts made to the fire department's wilderness rescue program.
The city cut the services during the budget process to make up for some of the city's budget shortfall.
The fire department had to disband its mountain rescue and inlet rescue teams and temporarily shut down the swift water rescue team during the winter when such rescues are uncommon.
The fire union says it could affect public safety, suggesting that rescues in places like Flattop or the mud flats near Fire Island could be delayed for hours.