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Vote yes on April 17 for fire district levy | Letters

I am writing to ask for everyone’s support of our fire department, South King Fire and Rescue.

These heroes save lives and also give back to the Federal Way community in many ways. Now it is time for us to give back to them.

Our fire department has been hit very hard due to the ongoing recession, to the point that it is starting to affect emergency responses and the ability to provide local service.

The loss of nearly 23 percent of our fire department’s revenue has caused the department to allow 23 vacated positions; close one aid car; reduce a second aid car to part-time status; eliminate public education programs; and reduce staff and programs across the board. Our fire department is looking to make even more cuts if we cannot help their current financial situation.

This is where we come in. Our vote for our fire department on April 17 will ensure that no additional personnel or program losses occur, and one of the closed aid cars will be put back into service. This will help us all with improved emergency responses. Our fire department is only asking for what equates to one latte per month in order to maintain services without further Draconian cuts.

It is time for us to stand up and vote for maintaining our fire department.

Vote yes for South King Fire and Rescue’s Proposition One on April 17. Our fire department needs us.

Nancy Jaenicke, Federal Way


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