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More than half of South Tucson firefighters resign

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The City of South Tucson is now without more than half of their firefighters after a mass resignation.

Twenty-two firefighters have now resigned because of safety concerns.

Residents voiced their concerns regarding the resignations during a meeting at city hall Monday night.

The firefighters resigned after city officials asked them to go against a national standard and start working in teams of three, instead of four.

The national standard calls for a four person team, so that if two people respond to a situation, two more are available as backup.

"If you have three you are either going to put yourself in grave danger by performing a rescue and firefighting or you are gonna lose lives because of it - citizen's lives because you are not going to enter until we get some backup," said Cpt. Rick Raimondi.

City officials say they don't have the money to pay for four person teams.

City Manager Sixto Molina hopes local residents rally together to support additional revenue streams.

"Property taxes that are paid here and other fees that are paid here are far less that other jurisdictions and we need to change that," said Molina.

South Tucson currently has around 10 firefighters. Those firefighters will be working in teams of three.

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