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Ocean safety, fire department merger

March 29, 2012
Tamara Paltin · Napili , The Maui Weekly

I am pleased to read The Maui News' March 6 article about the ocean safety and fire merger. Many valid points of view were expressed in this article, and I'm glad the Charter Commission, the mayor and the fire chief are putting serious thought and discussion into this important issue.

Commissioner Moikeha, Hedani and Baxa's comments really stood out to me that they clearly understand the situation and have the best interest of the community and the departments in mind.

This merger should take place, but to force it through without a detailed outline as to how the transition will take place could create chaos worse than the current situation.

I am very thankful to The Maui News for keeping this process open and in the public's view. I feel it is a great help in keeping the lines of communication open, knowing the public is informed and interested. I am thankful to the mayor for his persistence in following through with the issue, as well as Maui Fire Department Chief Murray for standing firm for an adequate plan with clear standards and consistent responses, even in the face of management change, political and budget pressures.

I do not think it is fair to hold either the mayor or fire chief to the 15-year history of talks, because neither party was in the decision-making position they are in now (for the last 15 years). Give them a fair chance to honor their commitments.

Tamara Paltin




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