Opinion

Can Maple Ridge afford more firefighters?

Residents had to be evacuated after a fire at an apartment building on MacIntosh Avenue in downtown Maple Ridge on Thursday. - Jim Coulter/THE NEWS
Residents had to be evacuated after a fire at an apartment building on MacIntosh Avenue in downtown Maple Ridge on Thursday.
— image credit: Jim Coulter/THE NEWS

Editor, The News:

Re: Fire dept. budget hits $10 million (The News, Dec. 5).

There has been several articles written recently about the hiring of three more firefighters and the budget.

Can we afford them?

Well, I think that the recent apartment fire on McIntosh Avenue should be a wake up call.  Firefighters were on the scene from approximately 11 p.m. until around noon the next day.

The severity of this necessitated calling in back up from Pitt Meadows.

Many of these men put their lives on the line with very little thought for their own safety. They had a job to do: save lives and property as best they could.

They did one hell of a job. You only had to walk by to see their devotion to it.

It brought back a memory of the smiling firefighter walking up the stairs of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, then the building imploded.

Can Maple Ridge afford three more full-time firefighters.

I would hope so.

Bob Kerfoot

Maple Ridge

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