Friday, 17 May 2024

Martin Steele: Voting for Measure N

First responders – they’re there when we need them.

On Nov. 5 I’m voting yes on Measure N so that when I dial 911 – for my family, friends or neighbors – we’ll get a quick response by a well-trained local firefighter.

To keep fires small and reach medical emergencies in time to minimize impact and save lives, our local fire fighters need the best training and resources we can give them.

The multiple fires in recent years – especially the last fire that burned behind our homes in the Northshore and, sadly, in some cases reached homes and property – are a reminder of how important it is to support our fire district so that our first responders can be there for us when we need them.

And the recent Pacific Gas and Electric power shutdowns certainly punctuate that point. I could hear the fire sirens throughout that ordeal as our firefighters responded to calls and took comfort knowing they were there for our community.

It’s been said but worth repeating – $2.50 a week, the fee most homeowners will pay, is little to pay to support our life-saving first responders.

Lastly, fire and emergency services are provided to all who work, live, play or pass through our beautiful north shore. So while property owners pay the fee in Measure N, renters should also vote for this measure.

Olga Martin Steele lives in Clearlake Oaks, California.

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