Letters: Firefighter shortage?

Increasing homeowner insurance story worries homeowner in Sooke

was disappointed to read  an article in the Times Colonist, about  increased insurance rates due to lack of firefighters going out to the entire public, painting a grim picture. I remember a past fire chief doing the same thing to some homes in regard to water pressure and driving up their insurance rate.Perhaps sending letters  to those properties which may be affected would have been more appropriate.

Perhaps a well-explained letter would have prompted some citizens to come forward to volunteer for firefighting. The chief lives right beside the firehall and another paid firefighter lives up on Ludlow, close to #2 firehall. If, these two firefighers alternated manning #1 firehall and the temporary fire station at Sunriver was dismantled,  those firefighters would respond directly to #2 firehall we would have better coverage.

Council responded to the chief’s request to put a temporary station at Sunriver. These volunteers used to respond directly to #2 hall. Perhaps council needs to revisit that decision.

Work with the people instead of holding them to ransom with increased taxes and/or increased insurance rates.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke

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