Steve Chittock

Klamath Volunteer Fire Dept. does fine job, can use your help

Regarding Sarah Dumas' letter ("Fire crew's performance in Klamath disappointing," Jan. 31), our Klamath Volunteer Fire Department does a very fine job. We are not fortunate enough to have on-the-premises firemen. Our firemen and women come from their jobs and/or homes to answer the emergency calls, not just for fire, but any other horrible thing that might happen to someone.

Maybe now that you know they do not have bolt-cutters, you could donate a pair. Donation is the only way they get some of their equipment. You might also donate your time and become a firefighter. You would probably do a really fine job. You sound like a good neighbor.

When did you tell the firemen they could get in the back door?

Don and Carolyn Devol


Instead of criticizing firefighters, ask whether you could do better

Regarding Sarah Dumas' letter ("Fire crew's performance in Klamath was disappointing," Jan. 31) criticizing the Klamath Volunteer Fire Department - you know very little about what you are writing!

Admittedly, I don't know about the circumstances about a fence and locked gate and a "cussing" individual, but thank you for stating "soon Klamath 'RFD' was on the scene."

Did it ever occur to you that these responders have to drive a fair distance once they get the fire trucks started to arrive at an emergency? Something that is unforeseen - a problem fence - can get their adrenaline going sky high. A structure is vigorously burning, I'm sure they are thinking, "are all the occupants safely out or is someone trapped inside? Will we find a burned body inside?" and praying that won't be the case.

Just what did you think watching two firemen that went into that inferno to try to fight the fire within? They started to hose the interior down, but the fire was too hot so they got out. By then the trailer was pretty much gone. Fighting that fire was part of their training, for crying out loud!

In my mind it takes a special kind of person - both men and women - to be a firefighter. There are many people in Klamath that will willingly tell you that their lives were saved by those that work for KVFD!

While you are thinking about it, who in the Klamath area (quite a distance by ambulance from Crescent City), are the first to get to the site of an automobile accident? The volunteer firefighters. Most to all have had vigorous training and treat the injured immediately until they can get to the hospital. Believe me, there have been some horrendous wrecks in which more than one person was killed and more injured also.

Many of the Klamath firefighters are as dear to my heart as my own children - wonderful people who are dedicated to helping others - and don't get paid for all they do.

Incidentally, the Fire Department does have weekly training meetings and all take part in many extra training events, including the recent disaster drill in which many other agencies traveled to Crescent City to partake in the event.

So please, before any more swipes are taken at 911 responders, ask yourself if you could do better.

Dorothy Erickson


Family Resource Center plays central role in CAN coat drive

I wish to apologize to the Family Resource Center for not mentioning them in my last letter ("Community support makes annual CAN coat drive a success again," Feb. 4).

The Family Resource Center has, for the last three years, allowed us to distribute the coats from its facility. We know that without its help, we wouldn't be able to serve a lot of families that don't have transportation to our facility. With their help, we are able to also get the count of how many families come to get the coats, and this makes it easier for us to gather pertinent data.

Once again, I apologize to the great staff and the Family Resource Center for my error in not thanking them.

Maxine McKinney

Operations manager

Community Assistance Network