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Fire Response Time
By Chris Elliott


August 16, 2011

Dawn Luna says the reason she got most often for putting the fire station in the middle of town was to increase response time. I can only say, this isn't Chicago. This isn't even Juneau. I kid my friends who live on S. Point Higgins that it's like a trip to Peru for me to drive from my home near the high school. I have to pack snacks, schedule rest stops, etc. In reality, it takes me about 15-20 minutes to drive to S. Point Higgins.

Seems to me that getting a fire truck out of the downtown will be the biggest drag on response time. Does anyone know why a fire truck has to accompany the ambulance when you call for an ambulance? Unless the caller's on fire, it doesn't make a lot of sense.

Chris Elliott
Ketchikan, AK

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Received August 16, 2011 - Published August 16, 2011

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