Okla. fire marshal says cuts could affect cases
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's fire marshal says budget cuts
have led to cutbacks that could affect homicide cases and arson
Fire Marshal Robert Doke says the agency may need up to 72 hours
to respond to a suspicious fire or arson that results in a
fatality. Until last week an investigator would respond to such
fires within 48 hours.
Doke says his administrative staff has volunteered to take
unpaid furlough days in an effort to get to the end of the fiscal
year without cutting staff. He says the agency currently has 27
employees - seven fewer than when fully staffed.