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To the editor:
I have been a resident of Chestnut for 16 years,
and I have always been a supporter of the Chestnut Fire and EMS
departments. However, I think the Mount Pulaski Rural Fire
Protection District trustees are letting down the citizens of their
fire district by trying to downsize the responding vehicles at the
Chestnut station. Unfortunately, they are selling the Chestnut EMS
vehicle that the citizens of Chestnut had financed before the
joining of the fire district.
The Chestnut EMS was a nonprofit organization when it was started
in 1995 as a basic EMS service to the town of Chestnut. The EMS was
run by donations from the public and private organizations.
The Chestnut EMS vehicle that is currently housed in the old
Aetna Township building is being forced out by the township to sell
the land and the building to the Farmers Grain Elevator of Chestnut
so they can build an additional grain bin.
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The fire district trustees had the chance to buy the old Gerdes
garage from the Bank of Chestnut when Vogel's Automotive went out of
business. The fire district said that they weren't interested in
buying the building to house the two Chestnut fire engines and the
Chestnut EMS vehicle because they had alternate plans to buy the
Chestnut hatchery building from Mike Maske. Their plans were to tear
it down and put up a building to house the EMS vehicle. The district
now has the offer again to buy the Vogel's garage from the bank, and
the fire district has yet to make a decision.
I believe the residents of Chestnut should have the same EMS
service available to them like the Mount Pulaski residents do,
without the downsizing from an EMS vehicle to a fire engine for
I also believe that the citizens of Chestnut should voice their
opinion at the next trustees meeting on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the
Mount Pulaski Fire Department.
A concerned resident of Chestnut
(Posted April 5, 2006)
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