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Letter to the Editor in Support of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1 Measure 21-183
It’s true that it takes a lot of money for firefighters to get out the door. These dedicated men and women are willing to leave their warm beds or their family dinners, or even their jobs to come to our aid, but they need our help. Replacing the air packs alone at the end of their lifespan will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Without these, firefighters would be unable to enter a house to perform a rescue, and their ability to save property would be greatly diminished. They’re using a 25-year old radio system that is not always reliable in certain geographical locations. This could lead to precious time lost in arriving at their destination, or to a dangerous situation on a fire scene if they are unable to communicate with each other. New technology and equipment would better protect them and the community they serve.
And let’s face it – despite routine maintenance and repair, vehicles wear out after years of hard use. The cost to replace a 20-year old fire truck could run anywhere from half a million to over a million dollars. Because it does take a lot of money to keep a fire department running safely and effectively, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue is asking voters to approve a $6.5 million bond measure. If you are the owner of a property assessed at $250,000, your portion of this would be about $4.00 a month. As a tax payer, I believe $4.00 a month is a very small price to pay to keep our firefighters safe and better able to help us when we need them – I’ll be voting yes on Measure 21-183.