FIREFIGHTER SHORTAGE: Numbers Stagnant Since ’90s
It's their duty to respond to emergency calls but Des Moines firefighters say its staff is being stretched too thin. Last year, Des Moines firefighters responded to more calls than ever before and according to the local firefighters union, they did it with the smallest staff in decades. “We love doing a great job and we always strive to do the best we can,” says firefighter, Travis Hurley.