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Updated Mar 4, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Southern Arizona hotshot crew to dissolve after fire season

TUCSON, Ariz. — Northwest Fire District officials said the Ironwood
Hotshots crew in southern Arizona will be disbanded after this year’s wildfire
season.

Officials told the Arizona Daily Star the fire agency
will instead focus on core services.

Northwest Fire District Capt. Adam Goldberg said disbanding the crew is a
cost-saving measure that will allow the agency to seek a lower tax rate for its
subscribers.

Goldberg said the hotshot crew wasn’t being cut over fears of expensive
lawsuits in the case of a tragedy, like those that followed the Yarnell Fire
that killed 19 firefighters near Prescott last June.

He said higher insurance costs weren’t anticipated by having the crew.

Full-time employees will be moved to others areas in the agency while the
crew’s 13 seasonal workers will be let go.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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