Quick, somebody sound the alarm! Don’t worry, there’s no fire – THC just almost went into cardiac arrest after listening to this edition of KINS Talkshop featuring Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Ken Woods.
The reason for our surprise? One of our area’s Fire Chief’s revealed that there actually are some solutions to the supposedly insurmountable budget constraints that were heralded by so much doom and gloom from local fire agencies.
Remember the whole debacle surrounding the closure of HBF’s Station 4 on Myrtle Avenue in Eureka? You know – the one that wasn’t supposed to close if higher taxes were approved, and then still did?
Well, Ken Woods gives an interesting account on how HBF is managing to alter their plans and utilization of new, smaller and medical-call specific vehicles (we assume purchased via Measure Z funds, but please correct us if wrong) which allows them to still ensure coverage for medical emergencies whilst other fire engines are away battling fires.
So, THC is happy to say kudos to Ken Woods and HBF gang for finding a way to maintain and/or improve the services they are providing to the County without using more tax-payer money. Isn’t it just plain crazy to think, despite the election-time efforts of many fire associations over the past couple years to push ever increasing tax measures, that it actually is possible to find solutions to budget induced restrictions that don’t involve taxing the bejeebus out of the public? We think Woods should run for Supervisor or something. (Well, maybe.)
If only all of the fire associations in Humboldt would get the message. For that matter, we wish the majority of government entities in Humboldt would get that message.
Speaking of which, here’s to hoping our new DHHS Director sticks to her “fiscally responsible” guns. Keep your tubes tuned to THC in the next few days for more on that!