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?