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Comments on firehouse options and response time, response to Oct.
21 letter from Josh Bruns         
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Mr. Bruns, I am a Logan County tax payer and I don't recall anyone asking me how I felt about Super Wal-Mart coming into Lincoln. If I recall correctly this decision was made by the Lincoln City Council.

Let's get real $1.3 million. I have a hard time swallowing this. Yes, Lincoln Rural needs a new department but I feel they can go a lot cheaper than this.

The trucks they say are spread out in 4 different locations.
1) 2- trucks are at the current fire house.
2) 2 trucks are in a shed behind the fire house,
3) The tanker and a pumper truck at a garage on 15th Street (1 block away), where does the 7th truck come in? Would that be the truck in Broadwell?

What happens to the Broadwell Fire Station if this passes? Will it close? Broadwell is also a taxing body for Lincoln Rural. What happens to the response time for this little town? The volunteers are slim down there but what is the reason for this?

Maybe keep the station in Broadwell open and since there are 4 off duty fire fighters they can go down and get Broadwells truck. Heaven knows you have enough people in their personal vehicles going to a scene. So one of them can just stop and get the truck.

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OK, now back to the going and getting the truck in the garage on 15th Street. What difference is it going to make if you have all the in one spot? Guess what you still have to wait for someone to come and get the truck! Remember there are only 2 men on duty at one time. So this is the same case scenario. Nothing has changed. Why not hire 1 or 2 more men? Maybe then people would go for a new fire house cause this would cut the response time of waiting for someone to come a get another truck.
 Let's talk trucks. You did read where Lincoln Rural got the new truck. Well, I'm not to sure this was a wise choice. Why go to California and buy a truck made for city use and bring it out here to use it for Rural use? Oh, yes it is Rescue 1 repeat RESCUE 1. Why do they have to take 2 trucks to a rescue call if this truck is set up for this purpose?
 This truck had 75,000 miles on it, uses at least 3 gallons of fuel per mile (not to say how much it actually uses while sitting idle at a scene) and there was major repair done to it before it was brought to Lincoln. What was this repair and will it be good enough to last several years? Why did the top get repainted? Who paid for that?
 So, in closing my family and others in the county feel $1.3 million is to much. There are buildings out there for a lot less money then that and will still allow for the firemen to perform there duties as fire fighters. But, they will still only have 2 men on duty and will still only be able to take 2 trucks on first response.
 Robin Ingram
 (Posted Oct. 28, 2006)

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