A swimming party
To the editor:
When the two red Sanibel fire trucks pulled in to the parking lot on Wednesday noon [October 14, 12:30 PM], I assumed the Rec Center was on fire. There was no fire. A half a dozen firemen were going swimming.
When I asked why they could not have used a more fuel efficient vehicle, one of the firemen became belligerent.
If this was an off duty swim, why not use private automobiles? If it was a training event, then why not a smaller department vehicle?
The big red firetrucks belch diesel fumes and are hardly fuel efficient. Isn’t this a waste of our tax money?
Fires are rare on Sanibel, but if there was a fire, who was at the station to respond? I suppose, the swimmers would, clothed in their trunks, dash out of the pool, crank up the trucks and race off to wield the hoses.
Now, wouldn’t that be a picture?
Dr. John Raffensperger