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Kansas volunteer firefighters underfunded when needed most


April 19, 2017

GREENWOOD, Kan. (AP) — Volunteer firefighters, who make up 90 percent of the firefighters in Kansas, are seeking additional funding.

Kansas spends about $300,000 at the state level on firefighting, less than almost any other state, the Wichita Eagle ( ) reported. This resulted in local firefighters having no extra help to fight the state's biggest wildfire in March, which burned more than 450,000 acres in Kansas.

"A grassfire moves fast," volunteer Brian Hind said. "The biggest fire we've (Greenwood County) ever had was 30,000 acres, and it was a six-hour deal. So whe...

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