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Letter: Yampa fire board makes ‘act of fiscal irresponsibility’ with ambulance donation

On the night of July 6, the Yampa Fire Protection District Board voted 3 to 1 to donate their old ambulance to a Front Range charity. The old ambulance was estimated to have a market value of between $10,000 and $40,000. The only reason given by one board member for the donation was the notion of paying it forward.

YFPD volunteers pay it forward every time they attend training, respond to calls, maintain district equipment and accomplish the multitude of tasks that contribute to a functional fire protection district. They pay it forward by serving the YFPD community.

That community is not well served by a donation valued at perhaps tens of thousands of dollars to a Front Range charity when the profit from the sale of the old ambulance could have been used to address present and future district needs. When senior command was asked if this donation would in any way, shape or form benefit residents of this district, the answer was it wouldn’t.

This donation, at the behest of senior command and approved by three board members, was nothing short of an act of fiscal irresponsibility. The YFPD doesn’t need financially induced instant karma, bullet points on a resume or gold stars on a chart by donating a valuable district resource; it needs to make fiscally responsible decisions that serve the interests of the district and the community it serves.

The next YFPD board meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Old Yampa Town Hall. As always, the meeting will be open to the public. They can ignore my vote; they can’t ignore your voices.

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