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Emergency services deserve more money

Joe Mollica

Dear Editor,

On behalf of my family I would like to say thanks to all the fire and emergency personnel who worked so hard and put themselves in danger to save our properties here in Glenwood. Often a true test of leadership is how someone reacts under life-threatening danger. I believe that our local incident command team deserves a lot of respect for the way they handled the Coal Seam Fire.

I would like to further say that one great way to say thanks would be to give the police and emergency fire personnel more money to work with. Give these personnel higher pay, more comp time or whatever they need for the work they do. If they need more equipment or money to keep up with the newest firefighting techniques, make sure they are a priority on the government expenditures list.

In addition, I would like to see our local governments invest in a helicopter to be kept at the ready during fire season. Let’s say a fire-equipped helicopter costs $1-2 million; considering there is already at least $5.5 million in fire damage and another $4 million spent just to fight the blaze, a ready-to-go helicopter is more than worthwhile. Most importantly, a helicopter that could help snuff out a dangerous fire early on could help prevent tragic loss of human life.

After having the areas where I live evacuated twice within the last eight years, it becomes obvious that we are in a very fire-prone area with prevailing winds that can create dangerous fire storms. As a taxpayer, I would be more than willing to support an increase in taxes to fund more money to the police and fire emergency departments.

Sincerely yours,

Joe Mollica

Glenwood Springs


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