Why Make Firemen Drive Around W-B?
Editor: For the life of me, I don’t understand why Mayor Tony George is having one of our firemen drive through the city with the fire trucks. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that this is a waste of money and has the potential to be disastrous. For the mayor’s sake, I hope nothing bad happens. There is only a matter of seconds between life and death if someone is trapped in a fire and the firemen are still 10 minutes away because the hook and ladder is trying to turn around. Does the mayor have evidence from other departments that this helps anything? As an ex-fireman, I can tell you that a first responder is a special type of person. If the firemen thought that doing something would help the safety of the public or help save lives, they would do it in a heartbeat. Yes. Fire departments in New York City are going 24/7, but that’s because they are on calls that often. Our firemen are in charge of saving our lives. So, let them alone between calls. Unless you have put on bunker gear or had to strap on an air pack, you don’t know what they go through. I would rather have them at the station relaxed and watching TV than wondering what streets are one way when trying to get to a fire. Mayor George wanted help from the state. The first thing they would have said is: ”Stop wasting money on fuel and repairs when it is unnecessary.” Ronald Petchkis WILKES-BARRE