Letter: There’s no ‘good ol’ boys club’ at Grand Lake Fire
Ryan Summerlin January 30, 2014
To the Editor:
I recently read the article “Grand Lake Fire faces political heat.” I believe the article was fair and represented both sides well. I must admit, I’m still on the fence myself regarding term limits. That being said, I had the honor of being a firefighter and later an officer with the district for 6 years before leaving for a job in the private sector, and in that time I worked with a remarkable group of people. The members of the department, from the board of directors to the probationary firefighters, know that it is a privilege to accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens of the district, and they take that responsibility very seriously.
In my time there, I never saw a “good ol’ boys club.” I saw a group of people that were on the same page when it comes to the goals of the district. To infer that the department was closed to outside opinion is not accurate. In fact the opposite is true. The chief and board highly encouraged gaining outside knowledge and ideas to be brought back to the department. Growth and constant improvement were always a goal. I believe those to be two cornerstones to good leadership.
In my time, I witnessed the leadership make many hard decisions. Those decisions were always made, and always made with the public and our firefighters’ best interest in mind. There are, as there are in any department unfortunately, people that forget serving is a privilege, and often, these people are on the sour end of some of those tough decisions. I hope that the citizens and members of the Grand Lake Fire Protection District, and all county fire districts, are involved with their departments and remember that there is no room for personal agendas in public safety.