The completion of a nearly two million dollar fire station in the Town of Watertown is supposed to serve a rapidly growing area of commercial development with hundreds of new housing units and areas of commercial sprawl. Looks like a nice building and certainly the Township has sufficient tax base to easily afford it.
The future of fire protection is difficult to discuss as it always gets down to emotional issues. However, as urban sprawl continues and the rural areas are populated by folks not inclined to be a part of a volunteer fire service....can the network of dozens of departments survive ?
Conversely, can communities with full time paid departments continue that expense immediately adjacent to rapidly developing areas without those expenses ?
We have seen the market force changes in ambulance service as calls were going unanswered in some areas and the private sector is now expanding service to those areas.
For better or worse, services like this need the kind of training and immediacy of response not easily done by good, well intentioned volunteers in a busy world.
Kudos to those who volunteer, but its going to get tougher to staff these type of things on this basis, and yet its getting tougher to provide the same thing full time to only a narrowly defined geographic area.
Watertown Daily Times | New town of Watertown fire station nearly ready to open