Saturday, September 5, 2009


SEP052009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Remember when firetrucks were red? Ours are neon yellow these days, presumably to be better seen in the traffic - though not sure that it is that helpful?!?

Seeing this emergency vehicle at a stop light brought two diverse thoughts. One is with regards to the number of firefighting personnel being laid off in southwestern Florida during these tough economic days - it seems there's news of one county or another dealing with the conflicts of budgets versus services. Though there is a decrease in population, the foreclosed and abandoned homes still exist and have been targets of arson. It is definitely a dilemma for all of us.

Secondly, the abuse of emergency services has increased - it is interesting to discover what some consider an 'emergency' as in a recent case of someone who called 911 because he couldn't find his vehicle (due most likely to an excess of alcohol intake) and another who wanted to know the oven temperature for cooking a turkey. No wonder the costs are spiraling out of control! Davis Blvd & Airport Rd., Naples, FL

1 comment:

  1. I like the way you captured the truck. I hope people start to see that services are called essential because they are not just frills.