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Reader Opinion: Keep fire service as is

Living in Unorganized Township just north of the city of Brainerd, we and others pay taxes for fire and rescue services also. In our case the Crow Wing County Board through our elected commissioners helps decide this issue. Collectively we should...

Living in Unorganized Township just north of the city of Brainerd, we and others pay taxes for fire and rescue services also. In our case the Crow Wing County Board through our elected commissioners helps decide this issue. Collectively we should continue to do this willingly - even if it costs more. Because there is debate about this topic, consider these points or correct us if we are wrong?

I know the trend is to save money, but how much is a life worth if it will take longer to cover the 300 square miles? How much is homeowner and business property within the current coverage area worth?

Clearly, short response times with ready-to-go staff are necessary. The call may not be for a need right down the street in Brainerd.

Should you not at least keep the present services, increases in our fire insurance premiums will surely follow.

In case you have not guessed it, we believe sincerely that the current plan is the best. Yes, it will cost in taxes. To you potential naysayers: imagine being trapped. Would it not benefit you and others if the fire crew were there in short order to rescue you or loved ones from a flaming car or house? Our answer is yes.

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We are fortunate to have a superb fire department with professionally trained staff members. Let's build on that - if you truly care more about lives and property than money.

M. Fritz and Judy Bertelt

Brainerd

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