The Alameda Fire Department did not have ‘slashed’ budget cuts to the water rescue program. The only reason the AFD Water Rescue program was suspended was because the firefighters themselves did not keep up their training.
Read it for yourself:
–2009 AFD Memo stating the AFD Water Rescue program was TEMPORARILY suspended because the firefighters had not kept their water rescue certification up to date. The WR program was to be reinstated in 30-45 days….not be defunct for years: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ftw4bp
–Current City of Alameda Budget that includes 8 to 10 water rescues by the AFD per year: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57089850/2010-11-Budget-Department-Budgets-Excerpt