The Nov. 5 Ketchum fire station bond election is your opportunity to vote “yes” to improve fire and ambulance response to you and your family. Voter approval of the bond will provide firefighters, paramedics and the community with a facility that is long overdue. This need has been noted by fire professionals for nearly two decades.

Eighty percent of the annual calls the Ketchum Fire Station receives are for medical emergencies. The proposed site is very suitable for responding to the numerous medical calls at Warm Springs and River Run. The location is also ideal for access to Highway 75 for emergency medical calls in the county and excellent access to Saddle Road.

Ketchum taxpayers have saved millions of tax dollars having a fire department of career and volunteer personnel that work harmoniously together and are extremely well-qualified. Recruitment and retention of personnel can be a challenge. The way to maintain this fire protection model, for the benefit of the community, is to show firefighters and paramedics we appreciate their commitment to the plan by funding the construction of a modern fire station to house vital fire apparatus, equipment and personnel.

Please don’t hesitate on construction of a new Ketchum fire/ambulance facility. Vote “yes” to ensure Ketchum’s dedicated ambulance and fire personnel can meet the community’s medical, fire and other emergency calls with the right professional response.

Tom Johnson, Ketchum fire chief (retired)

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