Letter to the Editor: Please Vote Yes on Lincoln City’s Fire Department 21-183! – “We always show up for you – please show up for us…”
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As a volunteer firefighter with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, I humbly ask for your vote in favor of measure #21-183. We are in need of updated equipment.
Yes, you graciously voted in favor of last year’s bond measure, to hire a full time paid staff. We are grateful for that. It has provided our community with a 24/7 paramedic engine to respond to emergencies within a very quick response time, instead of having to wait for the ambulance to provide a higher level of care.
That being said, our fire department still relies heavily on it’s rapidly declining volunteer base. We are down to 23 volunteers. Volunteers, such as myself, have full time jobs and families. We pull shifts and respond from our homes at all hours of the night. We are dedicated to taking care of our community because our community needs us and has never failed us.
We are asking for your support to be able to safely respond to all calls. Our equipment is outdated (it looks good because we take care of the equipment that our taxpayers provide for us), and the repair shops are finding it ever more difficult to find parts. Our call volume is outrageous, and we want our safety to matter. I, personally, pull 48 hours a week at my fire station. On my own time, with a full time job – not to mention the extensive training that we all do to keep up our certifications. Your North Lincoln Fire-Rescue demands that it’s firefighters are up to the job. That’s how we protect our community. We show up for you, whenever you need help. Please, please, show up for us.
NLFR Volunteer Firefighter