Fire Dues
Concerned Firefighter

Munfordville, KY

#1 Dec 13, 2012
After reading last week’s article regarding fire dues in the Hart Co. Paper I was overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief. Being a firefighter from Hart County I am quite familiar and accustomed to being in the public eye. I am also a custom and familiar with the fact that the public eye usually frowns upon our actions unless we are needed at their residence. The volunteers of this County who give their time and their money to better the community are often pushed aside never doing enough or right by the people we serve. I feel that I'm not alone in stating that I've grown accustomed to leaving my own family to attend to families in need from our County as well as people passing through. Quite a few holidays have found myself with members of my fire department on I65 as opposed to being home with my family members that don't understand me leaving. On the other hand I realize that this is my choice I've made the decision in my life to donate my time to protect our community and the people within it. I feel that it is important for the members of our County and community to realize that while the cost of living has increased the cost of our functioning has increased as well. As you see the dollar figures increase with each fill up in your car just imagine the cost increase of filling up a large fire engine. As technologies change we find designers using more modern metals to lighten loads and strengthen today's automobiles. With these changes we must update to more modern equipment to prepare for the tragic and senseless accidents that happen around us. I followed the advice of the writer of last week’s article and googled prices for extrication equipment. I also found price ranges from $1900-$5000 however that's only one piece of equipment. When purchasing extrication equipment members of the fire service are familiar with the fact that not only do we use the tool referred to as Jaws. We also use devices for cutting, ram’s for spreading/pushing, airbags for lifting, cribbing for shoring unstable vehicles and you must have a power supply to operate these devices. When totaling all of the items listed I thank you may come closer to $45,000 then your mentioned $1900-$5000. However this is only one aspect of the fire service you must account for general maintenance on all vehicles and gear which every firefighter must have for state, federal, and OSHA regulations. All general maintenance on truck must be performed by certified fire engine repair technicians. Most all equipment used must be certified yearly from extrication equipment fire engine pumps down to the ladders we carry on our trucks. Each time our gear is exposed to hazardous material which is becoming more commonly seen traveling our roadways it is no longer safe for structural firefighting. To replace this gear from head to toe on one firefighter is upwards of $2500. This $2500 isn't top-of-the-line gear customized with names printed of the fire department and member who wears it. It is merely the minimal required equipment to protect each firefighter as they enter a burning home.
Concerned Firefighter

Munfordville, KY

#2 Dec 13, 2012
With this being said I hope that you don’t mistake my concerns for me begging for your praise. As I stated earlier we volunteered. We knew what we were getting into to some degree. However as laws and regulations change it is harder and harder to find people to give their time away from their families to protect our communities. We as firefighters of your County are proud to serve you. We take great pride in doing what we are trained to do even when we are looked down upon, criticized, and belittled by the people we choose to serve. The things that most firefighters will see in a year of service will not be seen by most people in a lifetime. In adding fire dues to your tax bills we did not mean to burden citizens of Hart County. We only strive to give you the best and most protection that we can give. We understand that times are hard were all walking down the same road. I encourage you to think twice before opting out of fire dues and ensure you that every dime collected will be used to benefit the people of the county we all love.
Sincerely
A Concerned Firefighter
Concerned Firefighter

Munfordville, KY

#3 Dec 13, 2012
After reading last week’s article regarding fire dues in the Hart Co. Paper I was overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief. Being a firefighter from Hart County I am quite familiar and accustomed to being in the public eye. I am also a custom and familiar with the fact that the public eye usually frowns upon our actions unless we are needed at their residence. The volunteers of this County who give their time and their money to better the community are often pushed aside never doing enough or right by the people we serve. I feel that I'm not alone in stating that I've grown accustomed to leaving my own family to attend to families in need from our County as well as people passing through. Quite a few holidays have found myself with members of my fire department on I65 as opposed to being home with my family members that don't understand me leaving. On the other hand I realize that this is my choice I've made the decision in my life to donate my time to protect our community and the people within it. I feel that it is important for the members of our County and community to realize that while the cost of living has increased the cost of our functioning has increased as well. As you see the dollar figures increase with each fill up in your car just imagine the cost increase of filling up a large fire engine. As technologies change we find designers using more modern metals to lighten loads and strengthen today's automobiles. With these changes we must update to more modern equipment to prepare for the tragic and senseless accidents that happen around us.

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