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Fire Department Staffing Question...
I received an e-mail from a concerned citizen (whom I know, who has no axe to grind and who isn't a 'crackpot' in any way) yesterday who raised the question as to whether we might be at the point where we needed to add to our full-time firefighter staffing numbers. He was talking about the Christmas day fire and his e-mail read like this:
"I can't believe that our Village leaders will not provide us with full-time fire protection. We have many dedicated on-call firefighters upon whom we rely for protection, however, on that Christmas day fire were 3 people who showed up on the 1st truck that went out, and they had to pull an EMT person from the ambulance to be the 2nd person on the other truck that went to the fire. So Germantown had 4 firefighters at the fire and had to rely on mutual aid from surrounding communities. As a result, the home sustained a lot of damage.
I think its time to really push the Village to upgrade the paid fulltime fire positions. As our community has grown, we have seen the increased tax dollars gladly taken in, but not spent on the essential services like fire and police protection, and improved roads."
I recall having broached this subject some months ago with nothing much coming from it at that time.
What are the thoughts from those in the community? Is it time for this subject to be aired fully? Are you willing to see some of your tax dollars put to this use?