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Mon, May 20

Letter: We were lucky

Editor:

In Annie Wales’ column “Thank-you planned for firefighters” she over looks what those of us in Cordes Lakes should really be thankful for. While yes we should be thankful to all the firefighters that responded, what we should be really thankful for is luck.

To take nothing away from all the responder’s that worked to stop the fire, we were lucky that Mayer Fire Department’s Rescue 23 was not on a hospital run, leaving Station 23 unmanned.

We were lucky that Mayer Fire Department’s Engine 22 was not engaged on a medical call and was able to respond almost immediately.

Had either or both of those circumstances occurred, the fire could have had a much different outcome.

Can anyone really believe that the fire would have been stopped so quickly if the first due fire engine was from Camp Verde or Central Yavapai or Black Canyon City?

We were lucky that in spite of the Mayer Fire Department’s Board of Directors poor leadership and fiscal irresponsibility, there was fire department equipment available to respond.

But due to their mismanagement we can be assured that at some point Cordes Lakes or Spring Valley or the town of Mayer itself will suffer a catastrophic event because Rescue 21 and 23 will be on hospital run’s leaving Station 21 and 23 unmanned leaving just Engine 22 to respond if it is not out an a call already.

The next closest fire engine would be mutual aid from Central Yavapai’s Engine 54 at Highways 69 and 169.

Mayer Fire Department’s Board of Directors need to take a serious look and make some hard decisions.

They have several viable options available to them and it’s time that they started considering them.

Mike Wodei

Cordes Lakes

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