Fire pro­tec­tion should be top pri­or­ity

The Compass - - OPINION -

Take a look at the front page photo in the Nov. 13, 2012 is­sue of The Com­pass. Now ask your­self: do these fire­fight­ers have to be there?

They are there be­cause they are peo­ple that give of their time and en­ergy freely — not like town coun­cil­lors —to pro­tect us and our loved ones and our prop­erty.

Isn’t it enough to see them out all hours of the day or night, in all weather con­di­tion, putting them­selves on the line for all of us.

Of course, they do things that raise a lit­tle money now and then. I bet they will be at the mall in Car­bon­ear soon with their tur­key and ham wheel. We will all sup­port them.

But do we ex­pect them to raise a few dol­lars to buy a tank to put a few cu­bic feet of fresh air in so they can help save a life? Maybe yours or some­one you know?

Now look at the story on Page B2 of the same is­sue. This is what the is­sue is about. Ask­ing fire­fight­ers in Spa­niard’s Bay to help fund the fire depart­ment. Shame.

Maybe it’s time we looked at putting a full-time, paid cen­tral fire sta­tion in place some­where on Vet­er­ans Memo­rial High­way.

More of­ten than not, when some­thing hap­pens, there are two or more fire de­part­ments at the scene. It’s some­thing the gov­ern­ment should con­sider.

Ask­ing fire­fight­ers to stand on the yel­low line with a boot in or­der to buy a hose, tank or any­thing else is, in my mind, a bit much.

Let us sup­port our fire­fight­ers. We pay taxes to coun­cil for snow­clear­ing, wa­ter and sewer, garbage and more. Fire pro­tec­tion should be at the top of the list.

Frank Evely Sr. writes from Clarke’s Beach

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