Opinion

Levy would help with 24-hour staffing

Why should we vote "yes" on Fire District No. 27's (Fall City) Proposition 1? Not because the fire district has always been there for us, and now we need to be there for them - although an overwhelming "yes" vote would be a great way for the community to validate what an outstanding job we feel the department does in providing us with emergency medical, fire and other assistance services. I feel that not enough praise can ever be given to this group of paid and volunteer professionals.

I believe the ultimate reason we all need to vote "yes" is that if we feel there is a need in the future to have 24-hour staffing for the fire department, it will never happen until we provide a facility to accommodate this goal. I, for one, believe there is a future need for 24-hour staffing.

It is getting harder and harder to maintain a volunteer staff that can handle the increase in emergency calls the district receives. Due to the time commitments that are now required of volunteers because of the increased level of required training, fewer people are willing to take on this responsibility.

While I hope volunteers continue to be major contributors toward the staffing of our fire department, the community could help to lessen their burden. One way of doing this would be to provide the department with a means for 24-hour staffing.

The department has always been very frugal on how it has spent our tax dollars in the past. We have one of the best-equipped departments, with modern, up-to-date equipment. The department has been able to purchase and pay for all of this equipment from its general operating fund. They have not come to us asking for additional funding since 1976. Our levy rate for emergency medical and fire services has always been one of the lowest. Even with the passage of this proposition, we still remain at a lower levy rate than our neighbors.

So it is OK to vote for yourself, for ourselves, for our community. Vote "yes" on Fire District No. 27's Proposition 1. "Just say yes" to modernizing our fire-station facility.


Dan D. Guettler

Fall City

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