Letter: GL Fire doesn’t duplicate service, it enhances it
To the Editor:
I am glad to see that the Grand Lake Fire has listened to the concerns of the public without the expense of holding an election. When I was a part of the department, we prided ourselves on our open dialogue with the taxpayers and the efforts we took to keep people informed about the services they were receiving.
I do not fault the chief and the board for the decline in this open dialogue; it’s easy for organizations to lose effective communications over time, for many reasons. I hope that the department returns to what made it so successful almost a decade ago; open dialogue and regular conversations.
Without dialogue, it is easy for taxpayers to lose sight of the importance of governmental organizations; as can be noted in Reggie Paulk’s letter to the editor. Obviously Mr. Paulk is not a Grand Lake Fire taxpayer, but I’m sure there are taxpayers who have the same questions. The reality is that the fire department is not ‘duplicating’ service; they are enhancing service to the taxpayers of Grand Lake.
More than a decade ago, the taxpayers in Grand Lake decided they wanted increased capabilities in an effort to keep, or improve, insurance rates. An ancillary benefit to these improved capabilities is that the district has a greater ability to help support Grand County EMS for little to no increase in expense.
As some may remember there was a time when Grand County EMS would have to pull the ambulance from the Grand Lake area to cover the rest of the county. This resulted in longer response times for people experiencing medical emergencies; Grand lake Fire filled this gap in coverage by running in support. To this day in areas all over the country, fire departments run in support of EMS to provide extra hands for complicated EMS calls. Doesn’t Grand Lake deserve the same level of coverage – especially since taxpayers have already paid for the services?
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