Arizonans want public services on the cheap, so outsourcing is inevitable. The outsourcers cut the benefits, increase the working hours, depress salaries, and invest in capital equipment that is more easily billed out than human beings. I appreciate that the Granite Valley Hotshots were dedicated and probably would have done their job for no pay at all, but for the people of Arizona to write them off even before they became the Hotshots is unforgivable. This is a cheap state, getting cheaper. And the climate is just going to get worse. We can all see what's coming: firefighters who will be gambling with their lives every call, for peanuts. It's going to be ugly and on all our consciences, all the time.
PS I forgot to ask: what IS Prescott's plan for the future? Continue to sacrifice firemen as a human moat? In some way, armor the city against mega-fires? Rezone so that fewer homes and workplaces are in fire-vulnerable locations? And what can be asked of Prescott, what about all the other burgs located in increasingly fire-prone areas? Who has the Big Picture and planning responsibility? BLM? Parks? The State? The cities? Each year now bad things happen and we are exhorted to "Wait it out, it'll get better." No it won't. NO IT WON'T. So what now?