"The men and women did heroic things today, stopping them from getting to houses, they do it everyday," said Wyse. "But it's frustrating for them not to have this equipment at a moments notice."
Wyse said the city's September budget cuts to Fire and Rescue caused only two stations in the city have firefighters staffed to handle brush trucks when needed. Wyse said the brush truck at Oceanway Fire Station near the fire was not staffed Tuesday.
"Luckily, the engine was in the fire house. They were able to grab the brush truck," said Wyse. "But if they wouldn't have been there, their would be no one to bring it here, delayed response."
Senterfitt disagreed with Wyse's comments Tuesday night, saying that budget cuts did not impact Tuesday's brush fire response.