Strong ‘yes’ urged |

Strong ‘yes’ urged

As someone who works closely with the various fire and other emergency response organizations in the county, I urge a strong “yes” vote on the fire benefit assessment.

The proposed assessment replaces the current fire assessment we are already paying. It does increase the amount slightly, but is still an incredible bargain. It works out to be $7.40 per month for the average homeowner. Just imagine the increase insurance premiums if we lose access to the fire stations that will have to be closed, if the assessment is not approved, along with the loss of nine full-time firefighters. We cannot afford to lose any emergency response capacity in our county. Just recently, we have seen how quickly a small fire can turn into an ugly inferno – taking homes and threatening lives.

Our fire service is also usually the first to respond to medical emergencies. In my neighborhood, losing one of our closest fire stations could potentially double the response time from slightly over four minutes to over 10. If I were having a heart attack, my survival odds would be slim. This slight increase in assessment is a small price to pay to ensure a timely, lifesaving response.

John Zwerver

Nevada City

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