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I am a little surprised by the council's action. The new ladder truck is not used on medical call backups all that often, and its regular employment in some fashion is essential for the continual training needed in its use. It seems to me that it's the chief's job, and not of council members, to know best how to deploy fire department equipment. Finally, if the article is correct, I fail to understand the reason for removing the old ladder truck from surplus. I have heard, but do not know, that it was offered for sale to any responsible party with no offers, partly because of its age and the fact that its ladder is no longer certified as safe for fire fighting.
One problem with the poll is that it asked for what are essentially uninformed opinions., mine included. A second problem is that, even when presented with the findings of competent persons who have studied the question in depth, there have been enough voters who prefer to stick with their opinions. So I'm not sure what value this poll has to anyone.
I will look forward to seeing how this poll matures in the next few days. As it is, I'm disappointed, but not surprised, at how many intend to vote no. I think it displays a kind of cheapness that is willing to sacrifice the future to the fears of the present, and the memory of a past that never was.
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