Letter: Protecting the community from fires

Posted 4/15/22

After listening to the EFPD candidates’ forum, I got the impression that some of them did not understand the basic reason for replacing Station 1.

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Letter: Protecting the community from fires

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After listening to the EFPD candidates’ forum, I got the impression that some of them did not understand the basic reason for replacing Station 1. The department has a risk assessment for structure fires. It is based on life safety, cultural/historic impacts, economic impacts and the threat to infrastructure. The downtown area hits high on all of these factors. It has a historical structure fire history, with one quarter of the town burning down in 1926 and a good stop by the department at the Evergreen Hotel fire in 1997. In this incident, it was fortunate that the wind was not blowing as it was in the first. Downtown needs to be protected by an aerial device. It needs to be the first-on-scene apparatus to be able to rescue trapped victims and to shoot the heavy streams into the base of the fire for a quick knock down. The department has the apparatus at the station in Bergen Park and its abilities need to be close to downtown. The present station will not accommodate this size of apparatus. If we lose downtown, we will have lost so much of our community.

Peter Anderson, Evergreen

 

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