2 May 2005

Guam fire service fears loss of key programme

3:20 pm on 2 May 2005

The Guam fire chief has warned that he will be forced to cut the Advance Life Support Programme in just under three weeks unless funding can be secured.

The now eight-year-pilot programme was funded from the department's operational budget, and only a legislative mandate now and funding will guarantees its survival.

It would cost roughly 850,000 US dollars to the department for start up costs and about 580,000 dollar per year thereafter for programme maintenance.

Fire Captain, Rueben Olivas, has told legislators that the fire chief is handcuffed because he doesn't have adequate funds to perform community needed services.