Letter to the Editor: I’m happy people are working toward opening a fire station in Silverthorne | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: I’m happy people are working toward opening a fire station in Silverthorne

Heidi Maike

I went to the Silverthorne town meeting, and I am happy that people are excited about working with our mayor, town council, fire department and emergency personnel to get back something we need but have lost.

I have not understood why our town and county founders realized decades ago that we needed fire stations and personnel in multiple places in our community but the more we have grown the more fire stations have closed and gone away. We voted to consolidate our fire stations and personnel in parts of Summit County and were assured we would not lose any service. In fact, they said it would be better. Breckenridge said we don’t think we will buy into that, and, what do you know, they have grown while we have shrunk. We lost the Dillon Valley station, Silverthorne station, Montezuma station — and is Summit Cove station a working station, as in manned, or just a place to store a vehicle?

Where is the money from these stations going? All the equipment, that’s money. I vote for our fire department to get more of my taxes every time it’s on the ballot, and it’s on the ballot every time. But we don’t have a fire station in our town. When Interstate 70 closes, which feels frequent, an ambulance or fire truck can’t get through the traffic that is allowed to sit on the roads. To the mayor and town council, I don’t want or need a bigger locker room at the local recreation center. We need a fire station! I hope we can all work together and put our priorities in the right order.

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