Fire department officials cited the lack of an individual willing to serve as chief due to a large, unpaid time commitment, and they cited a months-long disagreement with city officials. Firefighters had sought a fire protection district that would raise revenue from property taxes and increase the department's budget. In addition, the city has 37 volunteer firefighters when 63 is what is needed.
The city has posted an analysis of the fire department from 2013.
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