Fire Funds Extinguished at Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Dozens of rural firefighters came away from
the state Capitol empty-handed Wednesday.

The Republican-controlled House shut down Democratic attempts to
increase funding for volunteer fire departments whose equipment and
budgets have been exhausted by wildfires.

Republicans announced their own plan to increase operational grants to rural fire departments and allocate more money to replace equipment used in Oklahoma's unusually long wildfire season.

Representative Curt Roggow is chair of an appropriations committee and says he will speed the bill through the legislative process and bring it to a vote by the end of the week.

Quote of the day:

"Why should it matter what party it comes from? We don't see if it's a Democrat's or Republican's house when we put out the fire." Bobby Johnson, assistant fire chief in Chandler, while urging lawmakers to avoid partisanship when considering legislation to allocate additional money for rural fire departments.