1. I've had many encouters with the Hobart fire department. and I'm certain that without the quick, professional response from them, my mother would no longer be alive. I have many family members that reside in the city, and I feel very comfortable knowing that there is a full time fire/EMS available to them. When is this big tax break going to happen???? There is already a fire station in my mother's district that is closed, and there has been no tax break thus far!! I can't speak for the rest of the citizens of Hobart, but I would rather have a fire truck and / or ambulance show up in front of my house, than a garbage truck. Maybe they should look into privitizing that??!! People are very quick to want a "volunteer" department, but what they fail to understand is that, in this economy, these men and women have one or more full time jobs, and have no time on their hands to respond to fire calls. If we are comparing ourselves to "other" communities, there is more than one neighboring community that is hiring a full or part time paid department, because they are having a hard time finding, and retaining volunteers.
    January 11, 2013 9:02 pm on Hobart officials consider privatizing city's emergency services
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