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Letter: Support Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

Support Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

I want to take just a few minute of your day to tell you about a very special group of people in the Roaring Fork Valley. I am speaking about the men and women that make up the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District of which I have been a proud member for 10 years. The fire department is made up of a combination of volunteers and career firefighter/EMTs. Whenever there is talk about the Fire Protection district, it is often about recent fires, but the reality is that we respond to more calls for emergence medical service than any other type of call. These calls can range from simple, were we are helping an elderly person who has fallen, to major trauma from an auto accident; we even have delivered babies as part of the emergency medical services. Much has been talked about over the past six months regarding the Fire Protection District’s budget. I do think these are important discussions, but if money is the only thing talked about, the public is not getting the whole story. There is so much more to the store of the Fire Protection District. That story is about the care and compassion that every member of this department gives to every person we come in contact with. How can anyone put a dollar value on the personal and passionate way we care for this community? Most people living in the Fire Protection Distract may never call for EMS, but if you find yourself in a position where you pick up that phone and dial 911, you should feel confident that you or your loved one will receive world-class care. We currently are providing paramedic and advanced life support level of care. Unfortunately that high level of care is impossible to provide with volunteers. Paramedics and advanced life support providers are truly a specialty and require individuals that are career professionals. We provide care and compassion to residents of this community, often at the very lowest point in their lives, dealing with tremendous pain and suffering. The professionalism by both volunteers and staff is reassuring and comforting to both patients and loved ones under difficult circumstances. The fire district is made up of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Every individual associated with this department has their heart in the right place, and only they want to serve this community. I know money is tight and we all deserve to have a fire district that is run in a manner that is fitting to the economics of the times. But, we also want, deserve and need to keep the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection Distract strong and capable of providing that paramedic-level EMS service.

Joe Enzer

Firefighter Lieutenant, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

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