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City Council hopefuls should think carefully their answers Wednesday night on partnering with County Fire

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Wednesday, October 17, at the 29 Palms Highs School, is the big night for the three candidates hopefuls for city council?

The most important questions candidates should be asked is:  “Where do you stand on Partnering with County Fire?”

Without partnering with County Fire, 29 will lose HALF of its firemen and a critically needed fire engine always on standby for the City.

Here is one of the questions the TRAIL would like candidates to answer:

“Do you think the city should take over operation of fire protection services in Twentynine Palms and Desert Heights?” 

 That is a highly misleading and contentious question. It befuddles the real issue of public safety. Why? Because the Desert Heights Fire Station serves the city such that 97 percent of all calls are for within the city limits.

It would not prudent for the two incumbents to sidetrack the issue with Desert Heights vs. the city.

The better question to be asked was properly posed by candidate Cora Heiser a recent TRAIL lead story. “People would like to know if the city is going to partner with the county.”

Wherefore, since public safety is the critical issue facing 29 — it is important to have the three candidates respond to the proper question. Listen carefully to all of their views on partnering with County Fire. For without it there are guarantee disasters will occur in subsequent years when the fire department is dissolved and fire protection is cut by 50 percent.

The county will take care of  DH. But if the city fails to help pay (partner) for its own fire services, it’s a one horse town going back 50 years in terms of public safety.  Worse yet…

Structures foreseeable may burn to the ground because lack of firefighters and the loss of one fire engine which serves 29 Palms. In the event of simultaneous emergencies, firemen may be unable in to rescue anyone because of the “2 in, 2 out” Occupational Safety Regulations in California

How does this come into play? You need as many firemen on the outside as you do on the inside before firemen can enter a burning structure to rescue people. In this way, firemen have backup in the event they, themselves, need be rescued.

This means possible foreseeable fatalities, including the lack of fire protection in public schools. It’s a no-brainier. The city must partner.

Even though the city does not provide water, hasn’t its own police force or fire department — the city must protect its schools, its people, businesses and structures. That’s priority one.

Hopefully, tomorrow Wednesday night residents — for the first time – may get some straightforward answers from two incumbents concerning public safety, for which thus far they have skirted the issue.

If not, vote your conscience.

More reading: 

Part I: Twentynine Palms City Council’s Alternate Universe on Public Safety

Part II: 29 City Council’s alternate universe on public safety



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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.


  1. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    You mean 7PM wednesday night, not tomorrow,tuesday.

  2. Thanks Larry.

    Haven’t you any comments on the loss adequate fire protection in your town? What is going on with some residents in 29? Do some have their heads buried in the sand concerning public safety?

    Dan, too, posted a story last week about the serious absence of public safety, with important issue. Lets just be frank… public safety in this town is a non-issue.

    I guess some residents want to pretend shit-canning public safety is the way to go. Or that they do not want to rock the Phoenix-driven agenda.

    While driving Southward on Adobe I notice your COLE sign. But no Heiser or Klink sign. Are you holding your cards that close to your chest Larry?

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