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Firefighters want a voice, not “special treatment” 

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Over the last few weeks, Colorado Springs media have brought to light multiple issues affecting the fire department. Many of these issues, ranging from aging fire trucks and delays in responding to emergencies to multiple firefighters being injured by carbon monoxide poisoning, could have been easily prevented. Despite these media reports, the power brokers in our community want you to believe that everything is OK.

Protecting the families and businesses of the people who call our city home is a tremendous honor and responsibility — one we do not take lightly.

Over the last few months, we have been going door-to-door in the community, speaking with the residents we serve about how a #Yeson1 vote plays an important role in keeping all of us safe. It would do so by allowing firefighters — the community experts on public safety — to have a voice on important safety decisions that affect us all.
These important decisions — such as the number of firefighters that respond when you dial 911, the proper equipment needed for the multiple emergencies firefighters may face in a day and safety policies that allow our firefighters to go home at the end of their shift — should not be made in a vacuum by a select few sitting in City Hall and their rich and powerful political allies, who know nothing about keeping you safe.

Like you, Colorado Springs’ firefighters believe our city is a great place to live in, work in, and raise a family. We are not asking for special treatment. As a matter of fact, we are simply asking to be able to do more for the taxpayers we serve.

On April 2, improve public safety by voting #YesOn1, and make firefighters your trusted voice to keep our community safe.

David Noblitt, president of Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 5, issued this response to last week’s Your Turn by Dirk Draper, Chamber & EDC president and CEO. Draper had responded to the Indy’s Feb. 13 Voice of Reason editorial which questioned the Chamber’s — and Mayor Suthers’ — efforts to defeat Issue 1 in the spring city election.

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