For Our Future
To The Editor:
The time has come to put our Fire Department on a solid foundation for the future.
The selfless volunteers that protect our lives and property deserve to know that the entire community they serve stands behind them. They constantly take time from their jobs and families to take risks for us residents with no compensation.
The Fire Department has the same number of volunteers now as it did ten years ago, yet they are responding to almost 20% more calls. And it is getting harder to recruit new volunteers. In order to keep the great volunteers we have now, and to attract more in the future, they have to know that the Fire Department’s future won’t be clouded by politics, uncertain funding, and the sense that their efforts aren’t appreciated.
Our volunteer fire department serves the entire Estes Valley (Town and County residents), full-time residents, part-time residents, visitors (three million strong), and businesses. This should not be a Department of the Town of Estes Park, competing for funds with every other department of the Town government!
These dedicated volunteers deserve to have an independent department, with an independent Board elected by all the people they serve, and an independent, reliable funding source. This is the solid foundation which we all need for a secure future in the Estes Valley.
PLEASE VOTE YES FOR THE ESTES VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT!
Let’s show them we do appreciate all they do for us,
Town and County property owner