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Comments on firehouse options and response time     Send a link to a friend

[Response to letter from Ed Perry]

To the editor:

I would like to comment on Mr. Perry's point that Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District should renovate an existing building, rather than build a new facility. Undoubtedly there are some situations that merit refitting an existing structure, but the conditions must be carefully thought out. I will give a few solid reasons why Lincoln Rural should continue to pursue building a new structure on the Postville property.

1. Lincoln Rural already owns the 1.5 acres on the corner of Postville Drive and 21st Street. They purchased that property at considerably less than its market value.

2. Lincoln Rural serves the rather large district surrounding Lincoln, and even though there is no property or its inhabitants more valued than another, it makes good sense to locate their station nearest the most densely populated area of their district.

3. For the past five years, Lincoln Rural supplies an EMT to Logan County Paramedic Association to complete the two-person crew needed for a third-response ambulance for 911 calls. LCPA responds to over 3,800 calls per year, and it is a daily event that LCPA has two ambulances committed to other calls simultaneously. This means we must have another ambulance ready for the next call. One of LCPA's medics and Lincoln Rural's EMT stand ready to answer that emergency. The LCPA/Lincoln Rural third-call ambulance answers approximately 15 calls per month, and is on alert to answer 911 calls multiple hours per month, as you may be able to imagine. This coupling of resources from the ambulance service and fire department is fiscally responsible, helping to hold down costs to those who use the ambulance. Otherwise LCPA would have to keep more personnel on constant payroll. This arrangement also helps Lincoln Rural Fire District in that it generates approximately $15,000 per year revenue from LCPA for its services. Lincoln Rural's decision to build next to LCPA not only solidifies that arrangement for the future, but assures faster response time to medical emergencies.

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4. When retrofitting an existing building, one still has an old structure when completed. Building new is many times a better value due to more efficient heating and cooling issues. In addition, one can suit their specific structural needs, rather than making do. Fire and rescue is most valuable to the infrastructure of a community. We need to allow these public servants to possess the best we can offer them and the people they serve.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Siltman
CEO of Logan County Paramedic Association

(Posted Nov. 6, 2006)

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