Florida has been doing a terrible thing to its fire fighters: sending them out to fight wildfires alone. That's right: the men (and women) sent to put out wildfires are being sent out in units of one person only.
The Florida State Fire Service Association (which represents over 400 Wildland firefighters) has literally begged the state legislature: "Please stop sending us to wildfires alone!"
Republican Gov. Rick Scott's Chief Labor Negotiator, Mike Mattimore, gave an unconvincing rebuttal. He compared the risk level of firefighting to being an investigator for child protective services and said "we can't go doubling them all up."
Democratic state Rep. Mike Clelland, a career firefighter, disagreed strongly. "I just can't imagine one person responding to a forest fire or a brush fire."
The FL firefighters' association has requests two firefighters for all wildfires, and point out that it would only cost $2.9 million, a tiny fraction of the state's budget. Wildfires in Florida can be deadly, even with two or more firefighters present.