On July 29 of this year one of our worst fears occurred; a fire at our home. I have dealt with the Delphos Fire and Rescue employees for many years in the capacity of having them teach the preschool children at Kreative Learning where I have worked for the past 16 years. Having Kevin Streets teach the little kids about safety and what to do if there is a fire is priceless when it comes to your child surviving a fire.
You never really think you will have a fire at your house. I guess what you really call it is praying you never have a fire. When it happens, you realize how valuable time is. Time is everything when you are trying to keep your house from burning to the ground. Handling the thoughts after the safety of the firemen leave your home is not easy. Trying to sleep that night waking up wondering if the fire will start back up, (even though Bunny checked the walls with the thermal sensor) is something you have a hard time dealing with. Making your 20-year-old college student sleep downstairs that very night so you can get her out if it comes back. These are all things every person must deal with when having a fire at their home.
On Sept. 8, we once again needed the services of the First Responder and EMT personnel when our son broke his tibia and fibula and needed to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. Again, time was imperative.
I have been reading some of the comments in The Delphos Herald concerning police and fire rescue. I would like to ask the citizens of the Delphos voting district: Can you really afford to wait 20-25 minutes for the fire department to reach your house? We live six miles from the fire department it took the fire department approximately 11 minutes to reach our house. I truly believe that the metal roof on our house was what kept it from being burnt to the ground in those 11 short minutes until the fire department was here to do what they do best.
When our son broke his leg, the first responder was here within 13 minutes. If you are having a massive heart attack do you think time will be important? Of course it will.
No one ever wants to use the services of the Delphos Fire and Rescue but the fact is we will use them.
It may be your house next time, or your loved one who is hurt.
I do not pretend to have any answers for the budget issues in the city of Delphos but I can tell you from personal experience, cutting our fire and rescue or police department is very disturbing to me. I ask everyone to look deep, ask yourselves do we need to cut fire, police, EMT or do we need to see where the waste really is within the city? Is the fact that some people are focusing on the overtime for the fire department or the fact that we have so many police officers really the problem? Will that fix the budget? Maybe this year but what about next year? Does this mean relying on volunteers will be our only option?
People of Delphos, I ask you to really think about taking away Delphos Fire and Rescue or Delphos Police department employees. Ask yourselves if you are going to want time on your side when you need one of these departments or do you want to have everyone with a scanner in town to keep saying please, please someone get to those people in need and 20 minutes later still saying that same prayer because that is what happens when you move to an all-volunteer department. That is what I do when I hear some of the neighboring towns call out for their department assistance of volunteers.
Please understand I am not saying volunteers are not where it is at, they, too, serve a very important purpose in our community.
Look for the fat elsewhere in the city. I am sure there is plenty of other positions that our city can live without.