Okla. law limits manpower to vol. fire departments
The law allows up to 25 firefighters in each department to keep pension costs in check
SLAUGHTERVILLE, Okla. — Months after a massive wildfire tore through Slaughterville, The Gibsons are re-building their home. As they start from the ground up, The Gibsons say being on this side of the fire is unfamiliar territory, that's because Tony Gibson was a volunteer firefighter.
"I've never seen a fire like this in the 10 years that I was on there," Gibson recalls.
The Gibsons know first hand the limited resources available to Slaughterville and other volunteer fire departments across the state. Oklahoma law allows a maximum of 25 volunteer firefighters in each department.