Tulsa, Okla. - Fire departments around the nation, including Tulsa's, got the bad news this week that they'll be getting millions of dollars less in federal grants this year.
That's on top of cuts from previous years.
Tulsa Fire Department Captain Stan May says it makes it more difficult for them to keep up with recent federal requirements in areas involving Homeland Security and Hazardous Materials.
"We've had a lot of things that aren't traditional fire department expenses," May said. "And that's where it's cutting into our budget."
He said rural departments in small towns are even harder hit because they're even more dependent on federal funds for basic needs like bunker gear.
Federal rules require bunker gear to be replaced every ten years.
"That's why you always see the fundraisers, the bean dinners and chili dinners, that's why they're out there constantly raising money, so they can provide some level of fire service," May said.