Supports Fire District And Mil Levy
To The Editor:
A debt of gratitude is owed to the members of the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department for their legacy of professional and reliable service and to the members of the Estes Valley community who have historically and unselfishly supported our fire department. During the fire department’s first one hundred years of service, it was financially supported voluntarily by various entities within our community. These supporters have included the Town Government and individuals, property owners and associations, trusts and businesses, etc. Some support has come from within the Town and some support has come from outside of the Town. The fire department and these supporters have historically recognized and faithfully demonstrated what is now being expressed verbally; we are a community. We are a community that includes everyone within the fire department’s response area, a community that is greater than the Town boundaries.
The dedicated members of the volunteer fire department are committed to protecting life, property and the environment, based on needs within the response area, not based on Town boundaries. Our Fire Department is dedicated to the people, the property and the natural resources of the entire Estes Valley community. To properly serve the community, our fire department requires specific and minimum levels of personnel, training and equipment. To properly ensure the fire department has these necessary resources requires a stable and certain revenue source. The current and projected demands on fire department resources necessitate a reliable revenue mechanism. The community’s financial support of the fire department should be as reliable as the department’s service has been to our community. We, the members of the Estes Valley community, have the opportunity to provide such support, by approving the proposed fire district and the proposed mil levy. By voting in support of these ballot issues, we are supporting our fire department and its ability to continue to provide the high quality of emergency services the Estes Valley has historically received and has come to expect.
While we should be very appreciative of the past and current support for the fire department, by some members of our community, we should not presume they can or will be able to meet the increasing demands placed on department resources. Our fire department, the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department, stands ready and willing to come to the aid of any and all of us. Now, all of us have the opportunity to stand together as a community, in support of our fire department. We can support our fire department by voting yes to approve the creation of the proposed fire protection district and by voting yes to approve the proposed mil levy. These two measures, in conjunction with the proposed support from the Town government, constitute the best plan to sustain community fire services through a community support structure.
Member, Estes Valley Fire Services Initiative Committee