Below is an e-alert Communique from our local “Community Emergency Response Team” (CERT) Coordinator, Mary Reeves, about the “life or death situation” confronting our community of Twentynine Palms.
It seems the very people in place to help us during inevitable natural disasters, emergencies, earthquakes or seasonal flooding are sending a signal of distress concerning the overshadowing and self-immolation facing our community when the TPFD is gutted and a mere skeleton crew replaces it.
It is important for the community to attend the next Water District’s meeting to state their feelings. The regular meeting is held on November 27, WEDNESDAY, at 6:00 PM, located at 72401 Hatch Rd.29 Palms (760-367-7546).
The TPWD Board of Directors will discuss water and Fire Department business.
Since the 29 Palms City Council as a collective body have sat on their hands since early this year after the defeat of “Measure H” (a special property tax increase), they have shown complete utter detachment and alarming apathy toward helping the County of San Bernardino maintain adequate fires services by way of partnering with County Fire, or some other sort of Joint Powers Agency to protect the community, its schools, businesses and resident’s homes.
A skeleton crew for a Fire Dept is an anathema to the growth of this small rural desert community.
“I am not sure how many citizens know how dire the situation is. Sometimes the hardest job is informing the public.… This is probably one of the most critical issues our community will ever face.”
— Chancey Chambers, TPWD (Cactus Thorns November 19, 2012)
This is an opportunity for our voices to be heard. Here is the e-Alert communique from Coordinator Mary Reeves:
November 21, 2012
Dear CERT Community,
I know that you are all aware of the mess the Fire Dept. is in. If you care about your future fire protection please come to the Water District Meeting 6pm on 11/28/12 in 29 Palms on Sullivan Rd, to state your feelings.
What the County is proposing, I feel is inadequate fire coverage. The plan is 3 firemen in town and an on call volunteer to man the Lear station. The city and the Water District need to work together to help come to a better solution.
Please come our future fire protection is in the balance we need support from the community. Do you want to be in a life or death situation, and have to wait who knows how long for the skeleton crew of a Fire Dept to reach you?
Thank You - Mary Reeves
End of e-Alert Communique
While Rome is about to burn, City Hall is fiddling with their Pee Pee (Project Phoenix).