Marzullo on Northwest Greenwich Fire Station: Life safety comes down to the matter of minutes.

Letter submitted from Selectman Drew Marzullo, May 5, 2016

I have spent more than 23 years providing emergency medical services to my fellow town residents. I have experienced firsthand the importance of quick response times to save lives. The Greenwich Fire Department has response times ranging from four-and-a-half to just under seven minutes. However, if you live in Northwest Greenwich your response time range is eight to twelve minutes.

Life safety comes down to the matter of minutes. That is why I fully support the First Selectman’s budget proposal of $2 million to purchase land in Northwest Greenwich to build a joint Fire Station / Greenwich Emergency Services (GEMS) facility, as well as $500,000 for architectural and engineering plans.

I have attended numerous meetings over the years where this project has been vetted. I can state unequivocally that this project has been studied and debated to that level that exceeds any other major capital project in my tenure on the Board of Selectmen.

I encourage you to vote in favor of the proposed 2016-17 budget by the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET). A positive vote addresses a major deficiency of higher-then-average response times to households in northwest Greenwich. Thank you for your support.

See also: Northwest Greenwich Fire Station: Yes or No?

 

  • Greenwich Taxpayer

    The problem with Mr. Marzullo’s assertions is that the current proposed location is not strategically located to offer any of the proposed benefits he espouses and the town will be significantly overpaying for land with no sewer or municipal water. Sorry Mr. Marzullo, the vote should be NO!

  • Concerned Taxpayer

    Greenwich has increased the mill rate over 50 percent in the past 10 years – well above inflation, and continues to rely on borrowing, despite the declining state of the state, and all an all out push for A Byram pool, New Lebanon and now this boondoggle?

  • Allison Vera

    How could a location on King Street NOT increase response time in NE Greenwich? Of course it would. I know Riversville Road at John Street has been mentioned as an ideal location, but when one considers that GFD stations respond as backup to other locations in town, the King Street spot is better with easier access to the Parkway. And speculating that higher density development is probably coming to that area in the not too distance future, it also makes sense. The vote tomorrow is to purchase land.