Firefighters, Local 935: “Public safety is at risk in the City of Twentynine Palms.”

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The local radio station published an extremely scant story (131 words) that should get the attention of all of us that have family or live in or around the Twentynine area.

KCDC buried the story near the bottom of their daily online news today concerning a County FIREFIGHTERS tweet and facebook post telling us that (quote) “Public safety is at risk in the City of Twentynine Palms.” The station cut the story on its main page to 50 words.

Said firefighters say the City is 59.1 square miles and County fire wants to add 200 more square miles of response area for one medic engine. Firefighters of Local 935 question a decision by County fire to have just one medic engine in Twentynine Palms, claiming it places public safety at risk.

That stands to reason… if another 200 sq. miles is added to the jurisdiction of one medic engine there will be a safety issue that concerns all of us.

Steve Spear, myself and other local taxpayers were correct. It was not to our advantage when the city refused to help TPWD ratepayers fund a local 29 Palms fire department.

Is the County Fire Chief doing his best job in terms of protecting residents and taxpayers in the Eastern Morongo Basin? Mark A. Hartwig, Fire Chief, please do not throw the safety of all of us that live here under the bus!

Considering that the JTNP draws 2.5 million visitors and that 29 is the host for JTNP Headquarters and the main entrance to JTNP, it appears that “Public safety is at risk in the City of Twentynine Palms”.

It also appears that JTNP tourist who come through Twentynine Palms so too are at risk.

Is the city is going to accept this without a mere whimper?

Department Headquarters

157 W. 5th Street, 2nd Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0451

Front desk – 909.387.5974
Fax – 909.387.5542

Mark A. Hartwig, Fire Chief – 909.387.5779
Don Trapp, Deputy Fire Chief – 909.387.5749
John Chamberlin, Deputy Chief of Administration – 909.387.5975

Feature photo: Mark A. Hartwig, San Bernardino County Fire Chief

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  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter April 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Is the message that if you visit JTNP, do it on the Joshua Tree side where public safety is covered very effectively. Especially true if tourists have children who are more susceptible to accidents, snake bites or other sorts of harm.

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