Public Safety Dept. May Cut Firefighter Program

Public Safety Dept. May Cut Firefighter Program

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah state Senator Chris Buttars says the Utah Department of Public Safety may have to cut a three (M)million dollar program that helps train volunteer firefighters at Utah Valley State College.

Robert Flowers, head of the state's Public Safety Department, which includes the highway patrol, was discussing how his agency will deal with more than two (M)million dollars in cuts.

Flowers' best projection includes NO layoffs, but it relies on passage of a higher beer tax.

Without that money, to avoid layoffs, the department would have to trim or cut some programs.

Buttars says the department should focus on its core duties.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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