LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
- Fact one- Linns boat did not at any time supply water to any LGFD unit on scene.
- Two- There was no kitchen in the building, but details as to where and why the fire started are NOT being shared until the investigation is done.
- Three- There was a hydrant. Just north of the building about 250 feet up the road. Thus making Linn’s little fireboat useless, as it is NOT able to pump 2000 plus feet up the hillside, no matter what Pitt claims.
- Four- Lake Geneva’s site specifies that their “Engine one” carries 2000 gallons of water, which is far from no water in a firefighting situation, and they made great use of it, knocking the fire down rapidly with little extension or further damage.
- Five- Stop giving Linn’s boat glory for fires and calls they are NOT requested for. They are a completely separate organization, with a separate budget and no relation to LGFD, and to compare the two is like trying to make a chicken look like an elephant. Doesn’t work. Two completely different things.
Linn’s fireboat is a WASTE of taxpayer money, through fuel and storage costs, along with people being required to be paid to “Staff” it. What a crock. They use the thing for joy rides and publicity, and of the two to three calls it showed up for, failed to justify the hundreds of thousands spent to buy and maintain it. Boat fires, like the one downtown, go out on their own, which would have happened fire boat or not. All on-board were off on a LGPD boat, and even with Linn’s “Quick” (15 min or MORE) response, failed to salvage anything. The boat was a total loss.
Ask more from your departments. LGFD does a wonderful job, and so does Linn in many aspects. Bravo to the LGFD guys who put the fire out quick, and to ALL the departments who responded, but get the facts straight and give the credit where it is deserved, to LGFD, and not Linn’s boat.
The Geneva Shore Report representative at the site of the fire was ejected from the site at the instructions of the Lake Geneva Fire Chief. It is difficult to get accurate data when consigned from a distance of many hundreds of yards away. There was a fire hydrant. It was non-functional. The hoses of the different fire departments were connected to the fireboat and then up to the pumper truck. What flowed through them remains a mystery but the hose connections are evident in one of the published photos. The fireboat has now been present at two major fires on Lake Geneva. It’s mere presence at these fires, regardless of its use, indicates that there was a need for it’s purchase and that good judgment was used in its creation and operation. The boat is well commanded and manned. Editor