Rescind cuts to MS Forestry Service line personnel
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The Mississippi Forestry Commission, in response to recent budget cuts, has laid-off 75 personnel who provide invaluable services, especially wildfire suppression, to the people of the state of Mississippi. These cuts will have a detrimental effect on the ability of both local fire departments and the Mississippi Forestry Commission to combat wildfires in our state.
These cuts affect any and all Mississippians who live or own property in rural areas. Forestry crews are the primary means in our state of combating wildfires, as their training and equipment allow them to access areas where local fire departments cannot. Most local departments can only protect structures that can be accessed by roads and driveways large enough for fire apparatus to navigate. Often times, fires in wooded areas are inaccessible to fire department personnel, and it is the dozer crews of the Mississippi Forestry Commission who then must create fire lines to halt the advance and growth of wildfires.
It cannot be stressed enough how crucial these personnel are in the protection of our lives, homes, and property each year. The loss of these crews has the potential to cost Mississippians millions of dollars in property loss and destruction of forested areas.
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