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I agree with Jim Flory and Tom Sloan. If my home was on fire, I would want the closest fire department to respond. They would, most likely, call for assistance if the fire was other than a small one. Living in a rural area makes it very likely if your home catches fire, it is lost unless there is a hydrant close. I am on a rural water district where the line goes in front of my property. I have often wondered why they did not make it a 6" line, rather than a 4" one. I would gladly pay for the difference, as a 6" line would enable fire hydrants which would lower my home insurance, and make it much more likely that my home could be saved should it catch fire.
So things that don't matter and cost the taxpayer more money are quickly pushed through without thought or regard but something that could help save lives is tossed aside. Makes sense to me.
There are other options to persue. In Jefferson County we have what is called Automatic Mutual Aid where, on all structure fires and other serious incidents, more than one depatment is sent on the initial call. We have found it works well in our rural areas where all firefighters are volunteers. It is never known how many firefighters will respond. Lobby your county dispatch agency to see if this a possibility.
Great, I would hope that Douglas County has the same policy with it's township fire departments.
Chief, is your argument really that people should pay taxes to one district whose equipment is farther away and for which they don't have voting rights but then depend on the closer one for service? That's assbackward which makes sense I suppose in a state as brownbackward as ours....
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