The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 4, 2014

Your view: Public safety before politics

JOPLIN, Mo. — Members of the Joplin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 2618, who have dedicated their careers to protect the residents of Joplin, believe that public safety should come before politics, and we believe that the Joplin community deserves to be kept safe.

These men and women have been providing the highest level of care and protection to all those they serve. Your safety and security is our job, not politics. Firefighters work longer and for less pay to ensure your safety.

The Joplin Public Safety Tax was created to fund improvements to Joplin’s public safety. Joplin has better fire stations, fire trucks and additional personnel. Both Jim West and Jack Golden are strong supporters of the firefighters and the Public Safety Tax to keep Joplin safe. The endorsement of the firefighters is an endorsement for your safety.

West, a former Joplin police officer and a lifelong resident of Joplin, understands how important public safety is. He believes Joplin needs more fire stations, personnel and a training center to ensure the highest level of protection for Joplin. West says: “I want the Joplin firefighters to have the best equipment and training available.”

West fought to improve the police and firemen’s pension plan, getting the city to put close to a million dollars into the plan.

According to West, “the security and welfare of our emergency responders here in Joplin must be a priority.”

Golden is a retired city employee who served in the U.S. Army. Golden worked to promote the Joplin Public Safety Tax. He said: “We gotta have it. The Public Safety Tax has provided a substantial upgrade to the delivery of the city’s emergency response without draining the city’s general fund.”

Golden and his family experienced the successful lifesaving care given to a family member. He understands how important the firefighters are. Golden said: “Our firefighters need to be fairly compensated to keep them here; they shouldn’t be eligible for welfare.”

He also believes that the firefighters are essential to the prosperity of our Joplin community.

We urge Joplin voters to vote for Jim West and Jack Golden on April 8.

Kevin Theilen

President, IAFF Local 2618

Joplin

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