What is happening at the East Grand Fire Protection District?
December 29, 2008
Has anyone been paying attention to what has been happening at our Fire District in East Grand County?
Is anyone aware that we only have two resident fire fighters in our main firehouse in Fraser and no residents in our firehouses in Tabernash and on Red Dirt Hill?
Are you aware this has been an ongoing situation for several years now? Did anyone know that our volunteer staff has gone from 54 firefighters to 18 firefighters in the past year? Can we find out why two captains have resigned from the fire department in the last month? What is the Board of Directors of the Fire District doing to correct these ongoing insistent problems? Is the Board of Directors ready to deal with having to hire a paid staff to man our fire district similar to what Grand Lake had to do several years ago? Is the Board prepared to let the constituents in the East Grand Fire District know what the cost of a paid staff would be and what type property tax increase we could expect if we had to go to a hired staff?
There are serious circumstances facing our Fire District in East Grand County and it appears that there is a lack of morale from both the remaining firefighters still on the department and those firefighters that have left over the past several years.
It would seem that our newspaper should do an extensive investigation starting with the Chief and all paid staff then continuing with the most valuable asset the District has ” its volunteers, both existing and those who left the past two years. Maybe an interview with the captains who just left could shed a great deal on this problem now facing our Fire District. We need to know, as the constituents and taxpayers of our fire district, that our district is prepared to answer the call of duty.
My main concern lies with the safety of our community and our volunteer firefighters.
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Editor’s note: East Grand Fire Chief Todd Holzwarth confirmed that two people left the department last week – one a volunteer and one a staff member.
“It’s been a tough month,” he said.
The department is always looking for volunteers. Training and personal safety equipment is provided. Interested in volunteering? Call (970) 726-5824 or visit http://www.eastgrandfire.com.