BRIDGEWATER—When the 911 calls came in Tuesday, the Fire Department responded full force, teaming with a neighbor and police to save a tot who had been plucked from a backyard swimming pool.
When the 911 calls came in Tuesday, the Fire Department responded full force, teaming with a neighbor and police to save a tot who had been plucked from a backyard swimming pool.
There were two ambulances, a fire truck, the deputy chief. And, there was a second medical call that brought help from another neighbor, Raynham’s fire department.
“The guys save people every day,” Fire Chief George Rogers said. “We take them for granted.”
This in a town clouded by a budget crisis that has the potential of cutting deeply into services, including — but not limited to — the Fire Department.
Fortunately, firefighters said Wednesday, there was a full staff on duty Tuesday.
“All the resources that were available to us were utilized — CPR by a bystander, a police officer drove the ambulance, five paramedics,” Roger said. “We needed every hand we had there,” added firefighter/paramedic Carol Berghaus.
Rogers has warned of the consequences of deep cuts.
“People will die,” he wrote in a letter to selectmen after voters narrowly defeated a $2.2 million override earlier this month.
The chief’s comments came as he faced the potential loss of eight firefighting positions.
Now, with a special town meeting approaching next month, it appears more likely that two positions will be cut and both will be by attrition.
The final decision rests with voters who turn out at the Oct. 9 special town meeting.
Elaine Allegrini of The Enterprise (Brockton, Mass.) can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.