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Mass. residents outraged at firehouse 'monstrosity'

Agreed the town needs a new fire station, but those who rallied against the proposal said they didn't feel the new station should be placed in a residential neighborhood

By Marie Donovan
Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Residents of the Billerica Road neighborhood where town officials have proposed putting a new center fire station turned out in droves Tuesday to protest.

"I live next door to this monstrosity. How are you going to stop the sounds from interrupting our lives? There are going to be nights I can't sleep," said Kevin Ross, who also protested the proposed lighting for the station.

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Cary Stout Cary Stout Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:43:48 AM Sounds like this community needs to practice being PRO Fire Service Instead of ANTI Fire Service! As usual the majority of a community is against the Fire Dept. until they have an Emergency then its " what took you so long" JUST SAYIN!
Steve Ayers Steve Ayers Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:44:01 AM They complain because it takes the fire trucks and ambulances so long to get to their houses. "What took you so long I called 25 minutes ago!" "Sir, you live 37 miles from the ambulance station. You chose this location because it was away from everyone and now you complain because it is away from the Emergency Services. Oh by the way, I am a volunteer and I used 1/2 a tank of gas getting here as fast as I could to your address that you won't put on your mailbox and you complain...." I hate the 'not in my back yard' mentality.
Jay Bennett Jay Bennett Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:45:30 AM Thes people need to get a life. The truth is property values will increase because of the proximity of the station. Also property insurance will decline because of the location. Some people bitch because they have nothing else to do.
Lancelot Du Lac Lancelot Du Lac Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:46:56 AM I agree with Steve. People are dumb!
Michael Rivers Michael Rivers Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:57:00 AM They won't speak in favor of it until it benefits them, people are so selfish nowadays!
Jessica Rea Jessica Rea Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:02:59 PM "Adequate fire protection and EMS services are the foundations of what makes a good town and for too long that's been ignored," he said. Yup! People want quick response of fire and EMS. "But please don't let them be next door. The sirens might wake me." Are you serious? Someone's home or life is on the line and you're worried about being woken. At least you can wake. I volunteer for a rescue squad in a residential area in a small town in southern Virginia. Common curtesy that we give our neighbors is that after 8pm, we don't hit the lights or sirens until we get out to the main roads. How hard is that to request? Not very, and I'm sure the FF and EMS personnel would be happy to comply (as long as you're not snooty about it). Ask nicely is all that's needed.
Vicki Gleason Vicki Gleason Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:09:16 PM None of the patients I work with ever CARE about such things. One of them was too busy asking them to send "a man" to treat him. Our captain, who IS a man, was there that day. And he got so upset at the statement that he told the guy he has exactly two choices: be treated by me or sign an order opting out of treatment. Then the guy became the captain's problem, b/c he decided to argue with him. Which was interesting to watch, since I'd never seen ANYone argue with him. I still wish I could boil a conversation down with the talent the Captain has of doing so. He gets right to the point like nobody I've ever met.
Vicki Gleason Vicki Gleason Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:14:13 PM If they lived where I lived in New York City, they wouldn't even be discussing it. There are fire departments everywhere and, even where they AREN'T, there's so much noise you feel like you're trying to sleep on a stage with a mariachi band playing. It was positively overWHELMing, and I wasn't sorry to leave. But having lived in large cities so long, I have a really difficult time understanding how people could think a protest would even work. In New York City, it sure as hell wouldn't. You'd have to protest against too many different sources, including early morning construction workers. Hasn't the guy who can't get sleep ever heard of ear plugs. Which DON'T work in New York City, but nothing in your ears is an even worse alternative.
Seth Heller Seth Heller Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:15:04 PM No values will go down. But you are right insurance is way low.
Seth Heller Seth Heller Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:18:21 PM I agree with steve. They never see the need til they need it
Mike Whooley Mike Whooley Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:29:21 PM We're supposed to be able to directly teleport to the scene without any disturbance of the neighbors. I blame Star Trek.
Hans Enz Hans Enz Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:46:23 PM Stupidity and Ignorance the great equalizer.

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