Letters to the Editor

It's time to reduce firefighter numbers

Editor: It is time for Langley City to cut back.

I am writing to voice my opinion with regards to manning of the Langley City fire department. Currently, they run five guys on a shift, most of the time it is four, as there is often someone on vacation or sick.

The majority of calls they go to are medical assists. There are very few fires and the stats will show that. I agree that this is a very important part of our City services.

We have some very well-trained professional fire fighters (full-time), backed up by volunteer fire fighters, but the expense is out of this world. Why doesn’t the City cut back to four on each shift or even three?

The City have the volunteers to pull from, and mutual aid is available from Surrey and the Township of Langley.

I am wondering if the International Association of Fire Fighters is pushing the City around or what. Now I am expecting the union to reply to this, but don’t let its explanations fool you. It’s a no-brainer, cut back to three or four per shift. It will work just fine and save the taxpayers lots of money.

J. Jordan,

Langley City

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