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Coping with Two-Alarm Fires in Twentynine Palms

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Driving to the Post Office to check my mailbox after Thursday’s Oversight Board meeting, it was very noticeable the Bowladium Family Fun Center was very active. In addition to family bowling with many lanes available, there is a very popular Family Sports Bar which seemed to be full because many people were outside on the patio, and there is also a Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken Franchise. This is good for business, good for the entire city and good for its owner, Councilman Dan Mintz. I was really please  to see so many people enjoying themselves. 

The 29 Palms Bowladium Family Fun Center is one of the city’s biggest assets, ready to serve the community.

Without the help of the city funding its fire department, in four months heaven forbid should the place have a two-alarm fire the structure would be gone in a very short while. Three firefighters and one engine just could not protect the structure or its customers. If a  one-engine fire department were occupied in the Hanson Tract, Desert Heights, Indian Cove or on a traffic accident call — it would be a scandalous disaster.

It takes about 30 seconds breathing toxic fumes — and the human body’s defense system will send messages to shut down a respiration system. Moreover blinded by black smoke one become disoriented and unable to find their way to safety.

Ironically, one of the city councilmen that owns the Bowladium is one of the councilmen that has been dragging his cold feet on public and fire safety. It appears that said Councilman is a negative on helping to fund the fire department.  

We have one of the most dooming situations to ever faces the city: Inadequate fire protection. All the while the city council continues to stubbornly sit on their hands rather than resolving  this scandalous situation, and all the while the city is nesting on $13 million dollars in reserve.

What is critically important for residents to understand? The fact that Lear Station 422 ostensible serves the City of 29  and water district ratepayers, and very soom it be lock up tight , discontinued and so-to-speak euthanize. This is indisputably the lifeline for all residents and businesses and structures and schools and churches within the city limits.

Consequently, why is Councilman Jay Corbin harping about the Lear Station being outside the city? Why does he just sit back, do nothing, and write a snotty letter to the TPWD Board of Directors fraught with inaccuracies?

Why does he not understand the Lear Station serves the Bowladium Family Fun Center and the entire private  and public sectors within the city limits of Twentynine Palms?

In a little over four months from now is DOOMSDAY for the fire department and the LEAR STATION. After that, the Fire Department will be bankrupt because of the lack of funding and the lack of leadership from the City Council.

I encourage everyone to patronize the Bowladium Family Fun Center. Go there, have fun. Bring the entire family. The 29 Twentynine Palms Fire Department is on duty twenty-four seven, fully staffed with two engines, two fire captains and professional firefighters anxious to risk their lives to protect life and property.

The city has had a free ride for 25 Years.” It doesn’t fund the 29 Palms fire department that bears it name.

Commentary / Opinion and Fact / Branson Hunter

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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 Comment

  1. RescueGuy RescueGuy says:

    Branson, you are a panic monger, nothing more.

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