Burning questions | SummitDaily.com

Burning questions

Today, it could seem that two of Summit County’s fire districts are asking voters for very different things. In one, the Lake Dillon Fire Authority is asking for permission to complete the inclusion of the Snake River Fire Department into Lake Dillon’s management and operations.In the other, the Red, White and Blue in Breckenridge is asking for roughly $900,000 per year to help handle future growth and repairs.To summarize, one is consolidating costs and personnel, while the other is asking for more money to expand. However, on a larger level both are asking the voters for the same thing: permission to keep pace with a population boom that’s expected to continue for the next 25-45 years.Snake River’s territory is very small compared to Breckenridge, making it that much harder to recruit volunteers and pay good wages to full-time firefighters, which are needed as homes continue to be built in areas where the probability of wildfires is high. Inclusion into Lake Dillon will only help, and the process has already shown through recent emergency responses to be a more efficient way to cover the county.Breckenridge, meanwhile, has a department to envy and wants to keep it that way. The town has 37 career firefighters with no volunteers needed (a goal for any town), which gives the community exceptional response time and excellent coverage. And, to some people’s dislike, there will be no talks anytime soon to consolidate Red, White and Blue into any other district. For now, consolidation of Red, White and Blue into Lake Dillon is not a voting point, only a hope of a few.

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