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TACOMA: Layoffs will endanger public safety

Letter by Candice Tong, Gig Harbor on Dec. 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm | 28 Comments »
December 5, 2011 1:57 pm

Where is the uproar and public outrage against the possible fire station closures and impending layoffs affecting almost 100 Tacoma firefighters and police officers?

If the city’s goals are to delay response and transport times when your family members are injured or critically ill; to allow homes to burn down due to closure of fire stations, requiring engine companies to come from across the city; to wait in fear as minutes tick by as you observe or, worse yet, are a victim of a violent crime, then this goal will undoubtedly be attained by the personnel layoffs.

Tacoma firefighters and police officers have served our community faithfully, placing themselves in harm’s way daily and nightly. They have sacrificed their physical and emotional well-being for the safety of the Tacoma residents they dutifully serve. For many, this is a dream that they have worked so hard to achieve, and it is in the name of service and not monetary gain.

Proceeding with these drastic layoffs will endanger Tacoma citizens and their property and place firefighters and officers at risk with less back-up and resources. No good can come of sacrificing public safety. Ultimately, it will be at the expense of Tacoma citizens.

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