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Monday, February 25, 2013

WDT: Two Million Dollar Fire Station to Open Soon in Town of Watertown

      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

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like a nice building? Have you driven by it lately? Someone got the obvious and unoriginal idea to incorporate fire engine red into the facade. But instead of a splash of color, they adorned half the building with the garish gloss. Its a train wreck.

And talk about terrible locations...
Not only is it not as central as it should be, it is located on a corner with no traffic controls.

KG said...

You are correct Mayor, these conversations are typically emotionally charged. So I will point out the facts, sans emotion or bias.
Newly built commercial occupancies, like the ones the deceptive Town commissioners and officials claimed warranted a new station, are the most "fire resistive " structures ever built. Built to such a standard that essentially they can not burn. Conversely, the current station is located where most of the Town's residential structures are situated. These structure, as we know, are typically older, not built to withstand the ravages of fire, and much more likely to endanger human life.
Town Chiefs have claimed the new station will enhance response time to the commercial corridor. This is mis-leading on two fronts. First, few Town volunteers live in close proximity to the new station. In fact, there are how many residences in the TW proximal to the new station? Hardly any, most volunteers will still be responding from across the city. Second, an engine with 1 or 2 personnel, or an engine with 3 or 4 college kids, responding to a fire alarm(fire) is not sufficient to effect an actual structure fire. Such instances require multiple apparatus with a multitude of qualified bodies. The only way to ensure this in a timely manner sufficient to affect the outcome in most situations is to have City of Watertown Fire Dpt. respond throughout the area.
If you choose to live in an area where you see a few pick up trucks adorned with catchy phrases like "I run in when you're running out" or "I fight what you fear" and you have shiny new fire stations with no personnel inside, that's your prerogative. The reality of the world we live in though is that true, meaningful, fire protection only happens with fully staffed, 24/7 professional staff. Anything less is, pardon the pun, viewing the world through smoke and mirrors.

Anonymous said...

12:35 for got to mention this so I will:
Its for the children...









...to pay for
when we retire at 42 years old. Collecting pensions, that on average are twice that of the average public employee pension. But earned with half as many years of service as the average public employee puts in.

Anonymous said...

So wasnt the new station grossly over budget????Now JCC has branched out and has courses in this subject, I agree to many stations to many money spent on them, it becomes a place to go to hang out, have parties, funnel the money into special accounts, none of the monies goes back into "lowering" the tax rate. Time to start planning for more centralized locations..........It's time has come.........

Anonymous said...

Umm, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the usually fiscally responsible Duff give his tacit approval today on the Hotline.

Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

So as mayor of the neighboring city why did the city not offer to contract out its services to the town? A win-win for both governments??
As it is, that station is a huge waste of money, all well and good its a beautiful building with nice trucks but until there are trained people in the seats it is all useless. There are no residences on that side of town so relying on maybe some college kids to show up. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

To anon 12:47 answer no

Jeff Graham said...

1235 You are right. It is a dubious use of money, but if I were to say that it's immediately a town vs city issue.
People have to come to those conclusions on their own, and yes it would make more sense to cover the area for a fee, but again you are talking turf and it's not likely anyone would bite.

Anonymous said...

If a college kid shows up to drive the truck to the fire, point the hose and spray...its better than the GED city guy showing up to do the same thing for much more pay and a lifetime of pensions.

Anonymous said...

So Mr. Mayor was the idea ever offered to the town or any neighboring communities? Why not? Doesn't hurt to try, let the taxpayers decide if it was made public. Keep the egotistical turf wars out of it and let the facts speak for themselves. Taxpayers get a superior service for fraction of the cost.

Anonymous said...

The Superior service you speak of is dependant if anyone shows, Remember the billboards, "Is there a fire in you?".....Dont see those for paid protection.........