Fire department merger should benefit everyone

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copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018

 

With the very able assistance of Orleans Village Administrator John Morley, the Barton and Orleans fire departments are pursuing something of a merger.

What a great idea!

For years now, all emergency departments — fire, rescue, ambulance — have struggled with finding the volunteers needed to keep operations running smoothly. The work is tough, both physically and emotionally, requires training, is often dangerous, and involves sudden disruptions of a night’s sleep, breakfast, supper, family outings, work. Neither accidents nor fires have ever agreed to happen only at convenient times.

Frankly, we’ve never understood why there are as many volunteers as there are. It takes a certain kind of person to be willing to jump out of bed at 1 a.m. and run into a burning building to save a person, a beloved pet, a cow, or administer to a bloody teenager in a bad wreck.

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