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David Wilkinson: Council needs to stop being ‘magician’ on fire funding

I attended the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 19. I spoke briefly as the medical directer for emergency services at Yampa Valley Medical Center in support of developing a model for financial support of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue that is consistent, predictable and appropriate for Fire Rescue and EMS needs now and as this community continues to develop and grow, especially westward.

We all know of a shell game where the magician hides a jelly bean under one of three shells and twists and turns to hide the whereabouts of the jelly bean for us to guess.

I would suggest the jelly bean in this case is the plan for financing the Fire Rescue and EMS, and the City Council is the magician. I believe they should stop being magicians and tell us where the “bean” is and how this community can count on future dependable funding of this essential resource.

It is a complex and unfortunately, difficult process with many financial, legal and political implications, but there is a right thing and I hope all of us can encourage our council to do that — in the interest of safety for all of us.

David Wilkinson, MD

Steamboat Springs

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