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STUDY: San Diego Spends Less For Fire Protection

Both Orange County and Los Angeles spend more per capita

City News Service, SANDIEGO.com

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Erik Bruvold, the institute's president, said the findings should be "worrisome'' to San Diego residents in the wake of the 2003 and 2007 firestorms that destroyed 4,500 structures and caused billions in damages.
"In the seven years since the 2003 firestorm we have seen many important steps toward improving our fire fighting efforts,'' Bruvold said. "However, the biggest one -- significantly increasing investment and the priority placed on fire and EMS among municipal budgets -- hasn't been a step that enough local policy makers have embraced.''