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Letter: Defending the Norwalk Fire Department

Some members of the Norwalk Common Council go to bat for a capital project involving the aged Volk Fire Station.

To the Editor:

Recently a member of the Common Council who had previously voted to approve the construction of the replacement for the referred to that project as a "monstrosity" and called it the evidence of an “old boy network.”  We the undersigned believe this to be an irresponsible attack on our firemen, our fire department and its chief as well as the city employees and successive councils that have worked on and reviewed the progress of this project to date.

The need for adequate men, equipment and training to ensure our fire department is ready to respond to all eventualities is well documented. The continues to strive for excellence through training and their success shows in the reduced insurance rates that homeowners in many parts of the city pay.

A successful fire department needs a workable fire station in which to train and in which to live while serving.  The Volk Station had decayed into a substandard environment that showed each and every one of its almost 50 year life.  The cost per year of this project makes this council person’s objections laughable.

The myriad steps in this process have all been approved on a bi-partisan basis with a unique sense of purpose of which we are proud.  One person's opinion will not change that.

Signed,
Current and Former Common Council Members:

David McCarthy
Andy Conroy
Michelle Maggio
Rick McQuaid
Nicholas Kydes
Joanne Romano
John Tobin
Jerry Petrini
Fred Bondi
Rich Bonenfant
Clyde Mount
Doug Hempstead

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