‘Doing more with less, part two’
To the Editor:
Doing more with less, part two. I would like to address the issue of the proposal for rebuilding all the three fire stations. As far as the fire stations go, the town needs to do something and the best course of action is to have one central fire station. One station is easier to maintain and staff. The towns of Norwood and Foxborough have one central fire station.
The reason that I picked these two towns is that they are similar to Milton in many ways. Milton has an area of 13.3 square miles and a population of 27,000. Norwood has 10 square miles and 29,000 residents, a little smaller but larger population. Foxborough has 21 square miles and 16, 800 residents, larger area, but fewer people. All these town have major highways associated with them.
The argument that the town is making is that they need the three fire stations to cover the town. With today’s technology, where traffic lights can be controlled to stop traffic and allow emergency vehicles to pass and the use of a “fast attack vehicle,” the fire department should be able to cover the town in a few minutes from a central location. Not that long ago, a house fire on Reedsdale Road, less than 0.5 miles from the fire station, sustained major damage, and another on Adams Street less than 0.2 miles from the fire station was almost a total loss. Distance is not really the issue.
The reality is that if a fire starts in a house, a person only has 3 to 4 minutes to get out and save themselves, unless someone happens to be driving by and sees a house on fire. Therefore smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors are your best bet in a fire situation. The fire department will save the house.