Fire protection should be top priority
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