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11/9/2012 6:00:00 AM
Letters: NACFD: Money to burn

Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Chief Patrick Moore tells us (residents of Chloride) because of a drop in property values and injured company personnel, they cannot guarantee to staff our fire department with one or two EMTs/firefighters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as we were told when NACFD came to town.

He says it costs approximately $60,000 a year for salary and benefits per person, and our town doesn't have enough emergency calls or generate enough money to warrant these people to be there. Because of injuries to their personnel, they have to take these guys away from Chloride to fill in spots where they can make money.

This seems rather odd seeing as I read that NACFD had just purchased the property (one acre) and building of the Wild Oats Hay and Feed Store on Northern Avenue for $480,000 from a capital fund. (This amount could pay for eight employees for a year or four employees for two years.) He says after a remodel to this place they would use it for headquarters. I wonder how this building is more important than the lives and personal property of citizens in this community that pay their taxes and want to live in a remote area.

Wouldn't it be less expensive to remodel the nearby current main fire station headquarters and apply the capital funds to man these two towns and save lives and property as we were promised in 2008? The towns of Chloride and Truxton will no longer be safe from fires or medical emergencies because we want to live in a remote area, which is our right.

Maybe NACFD should never have come to our town and offered us comfort just to take it away whenever they want to. I remember when people cared about people, but I guess it's all about the dollar now and everyone for themselves.

Gary Muir


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Smarten Up

These comments and complaints seem to be getting more and more ludicrous by the submission. If you do some research, you will discover the hay and feed store building was purchased to replace the dilapidated, nearly uninhabitable, disgrace the fireman are currently working out of on Northern out of the capital fund. If the citizens of Chloride are so unhappy with the fire department servicing their community, maybe they should consider using the $50,000 in tax revenue they bring in to re-establish their own volunteer program. This would make them self-sufficient and not rely on any outside help. For $50,000, I would imagine you could send several of the local Chloride citizens through a fire academy and EMT class to get certified. Physicals, drug screens, FBI fingerprint background checks and purchasing all the necessary gear can probably be done and still have a little extra cash left over for fuel and utilities at the quonset hut and recycled double-wide mobile home they call a fire station.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: jist me sittin

its a bit more than a hay building. it is a warehouse with a store and garage, etc. would be good for a fire statiion. but i agree, they cant afford that while not being able to afford fire protection.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

1 acre and a hay building on Northern sounds high. Was there a couple appraisals done to find out if this was a reasonable figure?

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