The Request

Reports detailing lessons learned after the 2007 wildfires recommended expanding the region’s inventory of firefighting tools.

What Happened

Local agencies bought more radios, hoses and small tools, but firefighters say the region hasn’t gone far enough on big items like fire engines or helicopters.

The Holdup

Money. Officials have relied on federal grants or private industry to pick up the bill for purchases they still can’t afford.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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