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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 10:00 pm

I wish to call attention to a serious threat to life safety services for residents of Galt Fire Protection District.

I have been advised by a person associated with the Metro Fire Protection District, whom I believe to be a very reliable source, that the metro fire chief has asked two members of his department to run for the Galt Fire Board of Directors with the express intention of voting for a merger between the Galt Fire Protection District and the Metro Fire District.

It is possible other candidates may also favor a merger. It is very likely that in December there will be the three directors needed to force a merger on the Galt Fire Board of Directors who will be willing to give control of your safety services to people living miles away and whose safety will be unaffected by their decisions regarding the Galt area.

Groundwork has been set by the current Galt Fire Board to make such a merger easier. That message may be the reason Metro Fire is willing to take this back-door approach annexation.

What is at stake is local control and a real probability there will be a decrease in service in the Galt area, should such a hostile takeover take place.

For example, Galt Fire has traditionally cross-staffed ambulances and hired back when manpower is low. County standard is one ambulance per 50,000 population. Issues of staffing, available equipment in the district and operational policies can have a profound affect on the safety of Galt-area citizens.

If you are interested in maintaining control over your local safety agency, ask the candidates for Board of Directors of the Galt Fire Protection District. Put them on record regarding how they intend to protect the people living in the Galt Fire Protection District.

If the voters of this district give up control, they will never have enough votes to get it back.

Dale Templeton

Director of Galt Fire Protection District

Galt

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