We are all aware how important it is for Brookfield’s emergency equipment to be able to respond to emergencies; however, we need to ask some questions.

How many fires are there in a year?

How many of them are false alarms?

How many of them are put out with hand-held
equipment?

How many homes have burned to the ground
because the equipment could not get to the house?

How long have the streets been narrow?

Were the streets narrow when the equipment was
purchased?

Take a look at Brookfield. There are perhaps two sections of town that have narrow streets and have been since Grossdale was incorporated. I’m no expert, but I went on the Web and found that almost all the manufacturers of emergency equipment – fire and medical – make equipment specifically designed for cities and towns with narrow streets. Imagine that.

So, why is it that every piece of equipment we purchased had to be the largest piece of equipment they make and won’t fit down our narrow streets? Because the people in charge were not concerned with the narrow streets when they purchased the current equipment, they want to tell the residents that we cannot park in front of our homes.

Instead of banning parking, perhaps we should ban large emergency equipment, just as they banned new construction from having side drives (which by the way would accommodate more off-street parking).

Isn’t it nice that when government makes the wrong decisions they put the onus on the citizens?

If the equipment we have can’t make the turns on our narrow streets, ban parking on the first 10 or 12 feet of intersection, not the whole block.

Carl Betti
Brookfield