Dallas Fire-Rescue is facing its own 911 emergency.
It's losing people faster than it can replace them. The 1,800 member department is stretched thin and overworked.
“When I meet with them, and I meet with our members pretty regularly, they're tired,” said Fire Chief David Coatney. “They look worn out. Some of them look beaten down.”
Coatney became chief nine months ago after a five-year stint as Round Rock’s chief and a 25-year career in San Antonio.
The department's already lost more than 100 firefighters seven and half months into this fiscal year. Last year, the department lost 122 firefighters for the whole year. The department expects to lose about 215 before the year's out.