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I am writing today to encourage my friends and neighbors in the Red, White, and Blue Fire Protection District to vote for continued improvements for and support of our outstanding local fire department. The special election on May 2 is a ballot measure of vital importance to all current and future residents, visitors and property and business owners in the Upper Blue River Basin of Summit County. This reasonable mill levy increase will help ensure unsurpassed quality in fire and emergency response for our future population and visitation demands.As a 23-year resident, I have seen many changes to our beloved mountain valley. I have always gratefully acknowledged the dedication and sacrifice of our volunteers and staff in the Red, White and Blue Fire Department (RWB). Challenge accompanies change over time. I welcome the intelligent response to increased density and soaring resident and visitor numbers by shifting the staffing focus to a predominantly paid, full-time, professional fire department with high levels of critical training in medical and fire sciences, and expertly maintained state of the art equipment.As the Upper Blue Basin approaches structural build-out, successes of our resort economy requires emergency services which are prepared for all contingencies. High occupancies of rental and year round properties and attendant gridlock requires strategic placement of resources in dispersed fire stations. Increasing concern from a very real threat of wildfire requires wildland fire training and certification and very specific and expensive equipment poised for immediate response. An aging population of residents and visitors justifies RWB staffing of certified, skilled paramedics in all engine companies. The mill levy proposal under consideration is necessary to meet these challenges.While implementing many positive changes, Chief Gary Green has managed to successfully incorporate long-time volunteers into this new reality. The Red, White, and Blue Fire Department is an excellent example of positive Summit County locals’ attitudes of caring for our community, healthy relationships within our community, and professionalism and friendliness towards all who visit and sustain us, while evolving to meet demands arising through inevitable development.Please support our firefighters and community with your vote to endorse this modest mill levy change. The Red, White, and Blue Fire Protection District has a positive plan for the future. We should endorse their continued evolution, as their demonstrated successes have more than proven their trust and value to our families’ life and safety.
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