Dangerous to send six fire trucks to an alarm
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Dear Editor:

Thank you to the hard working firefighters of this city and this great country. We are all fortunate for your service and grateful you put your lives at risk for us. Given my gratitude for the work firefighters do, it is with some difficulty that I write this letter. There are often false fire alarms (i.e., 4-5x/wk) in the older buildings of the Newport apartment complex. I realize that any alarm could be genuine, however, it seems inefficient and dangerous to send six (6) fire trucks to an alarm at one building when these alarms are false so often. It is dangerous because if there is another fire at the same time in another location, it would be difficult for one of the six fire trucks to leave Newport and go to another location. It is also dangerous because six fire trucks speeding through the streets can cause a traffic accident. It is inefficient because the cost of gas, wear and tear, etc. on six trucks is unnecessary when the department may be able to send only one or two trucks. Last, and perhaps most important, Jersey City taxpayers are sensitive about the amount of tax we pay, especially in these challenging times. Watching six trucks appear at a false alarm several times per week could create the appearance that firefighters do not have enough to do and therefore should receive fewer tax dollars. I know this is not the message the Jersey City fire department wants to send.

Jeffrey Treut

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