I have been a fire service professional for 35 years and currently serve as the fire chief of West Pierce Fire & Rescue. I support Proposition 1 because I’ve seen firsthand how poor communications can wreak havoc on an emergency scene, putting first responders and citizens at risk. I believe it would be irresponsible to allow our patchwork system of six dispatch centers and six radio systems to continue, when Proposition 1 serves as a sensible solution that will create a single, integrated, state of the art system.
Proposition 1 is endorsed by a broad range of emergency service professionals and organizations, labor groups, local news media, and business groups, including the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and the Chamber of Commerce groups for Lakewood, Gig Harbor, and Tacoma-Pierce County. They understand that creating a dedicated revenue stream not only fixes the current 911 system, but also allows us to keep pace with necessary technological improvements to the system for decades to come.
I support Proposition 1, but not just because I am a fire service professional. I support Proposition 1 because I am a resident, a husband and a father. Proposition 1 will not only support our first responders and dispatchers, it will also help to keep my family safe. Those things matter and Proposition 1 matters.