Fire plan backwards |

Fire plan backwards

If our law enforcement agencies prepared a public safety plan to prevent crime and lower the crime rate in our community that followed the same logic set forth in the Nevada County Fire Plan, the outcome could be as follows: At our own expense, all households would be required to install state-of-the-art burglar alarm systems complete with motion sensors. Doors would have automatic locking mechanisms. Windows would have exterior iron ornamental work and curtains would be drawn to prevent viewing of valuables inside houses. Street lighting would be intensified to maintain near daylight conditions in neighborhoods at night. Cars could not be parked on streets. GPS tracking chips would be implanted in our children to prevent kidnapping or even possible criminal activities on their part. Get the picture? The people pushing the fire plan need to take a more community-minded approach in working with the 33,000 parcel owners instead of the unrealistic and punitive “big stick” approach. I remember hearing in the past couple of years something that makes tremendous sense to me: Have one countywide fire department that can work for and with everyone in Nevada County. And, what about a countywide evacuation plan? Think about it.

Samuel Davis

Nevada City

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