Good for select board chairman Doug Brown and member Nancy Taylor for wanting to get to the heart of some important questions about the future of Falmouth fire stations.
Voters in May 2020 approved a Proposition 2½ override for hiring firefighters. Was that enough? We don’t know.
Town Meeting in April gave the go-ahead to build a new fire station on Sandwich Road. Now another station is under consideration for service of West and North Falmouth. Meanwhile, no one to our knowledge has specifically said the old West Falmouth fire station would be closed.
At least as of last May, not everyone was clear.
“The town administration has not reported to the West Falmouth or North Falmouth residents on a long-term plan for the fire and rescue needs of these villages,” a reader wrote to the editor.
Since the town manager or anyone else have not refuted that claim, we assume it was and likely is still true.
Is there in fact a plan and it has not been communicated?
Well, the select board wants to find out. Mr. Brown noted that the board needs to look at whether the town will continue to operate either of the old stations and what additional staffing might be required.
“We need an honest conversation on how many people we need to do that,” Mr. Brown said.
He is certainly right about that.