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Letter: Glenwood Springs Fire Dept. operating budget at an unsustainable level

In one way or another, we have all been affected by the struggling economy and decreased property values of the past five years. This downturn has presented problems not only for our families and businesses, but the Glenwood Springs Fire Department as well. The current operating budget is at an unsustainable level. A proposed 2 mill property levy will be taken to the voters this Nov. 5.

The allocation of these funds from the voters would be utilized to maintain service and staffing levels. None of the allocated funds would go toward purchasing apparatus or building construction.

Without passage of these measures, the fire department will likely see cuts in services and staffing as early as 2014. These cuts translate into longer response times, with the potential for a decreased ISO insurance rating. The staffing issue compounds when Glenwood Fire is tasked with managing two or more calls simultaneously. When this occurs, Glenwood Fire is faced with dividing already minimal staffing levels or relying on mutual aid from adjoining agencies.

Ultimately, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department is committed to providing the best service to the district we serve. The community has placed their trust and confidence in that the Fire Department will come to them in their time of crisis, providing first-rate fire and EMS services. The members of Glenwood Springs Fire take great pride in that, and have worked hard to fulfill that mission. A “yes” vote on ballot initiatives 2A/5A would provide the support to not only to maintain, but keep that goal at the forefront of everything we do.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of The Glenwood Springs Professional Fire Fighters Union,

Denny Hostetler

President, Glenwood Springs Professional Fire Fighters Union

IAFF Local 4341

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