Fire trucks are expensive and fire districts are plentiful. It's tougher and tougher to get people to volunteer for the fire service. Through mutual aid, the infrequent serious situation can be handled without keeping special equipment on hand. Newer buildings with modern alarm systems are less of threat than older buildings. All of these reasons and more likely prompted people in the Calcium Fire District to reject bonding for an $800K ladder truck.
The argument is the fire district is mostly commercial property so outsiders, and wealthy ones at that, are paying. Also, the choice was made to build without such a service, so the hotel owners and town planners already made the determination of need.
No, the issue is whether its an appropriate purchase for government and the voters who chose to follow the issue thought it was not. That's a decision that should be respected.
Watertown Daily Times | Plan rejected by Calcium Fire District residents for $800,000 fire truck with ladder to fight tall fires on Route 11