Fire department: No response?
No response from firefighters to a brush fire has John Fay concerned about what could occur when a large blaze threatens his mountain neighborhood, the Pinebrook man told The Park Record.
"It’s scary," his wife, Paula Monroe Fay said.
No one answered when he rang the doorbell several times at the fire station on Kilby Road to report a blaze on June 9, John Fay explained.
"I saw flames and smoke shooting straight into the air," he said in a telephone interview Monday about a fire he saw burning near a house near the Gorgoza Tubing Park. "It’s a concern to me today."
The fire appeared to be unattended, Fay said, adding that "my concern was that I didn’t see anybody there standing next to it holding a hose."
But when he drove to the station to report the fire nobody answered the door.
"You could hear it ringing," Fay explained.
Nearly a dozen vehicles were parked in the fire station parking lot, he claimed.
"Bigger than Dallas, on the door, there is a telephone number," Fay continued. "I call the telephone number and I get reported that this number has been disconnected and is no longer in service. And that’s the number on the front door of the fire station."
He then called Park City Fire District headquarters where he left a recorded message about the disconnected number at roughly 11 a.m. But nobody called him back.
"They’ve yet to call me back," Fay said. "It scared the hell out of me."
Volunteer firefighters guard ritzy ski towns like Aspen, Colo., and Jackson, Wyo., while the average full-time firefighter in Park City earns an annual salary of more than $50,000. Volunteer fire departments in South Summit and North Summit protect homes in eastern Summit County.
"It might be far more understandable to have no maintenance and no coverage on a Saturday in December, but in June?" Fay asked.
When Fay returned to the fire station on Monday the disconnected phone number had been removed from the front door and in its place was stenciling that says for emergencies call 911.
"Because of his message, we asked our logistics guy to go through and have all incorrect information removed," Park City Fire District spokeswoman Tricia Hurd said. "What we care about is the fact that there was information."
Park City Fire Chief Kelly Gee said the mistake was partly the result of alterations to the Fire District’s telephone system.
Hurd wasn’t sure how long the number was disconnected.
"There was incorrect information on the door," she said.
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Arlene Loble served as the Park City manager in the 1980s, a pivotal period that prepared the community for the boom years that would follow in the 1990s. Loble, who recently died, is credited with introducing a level of professionalism to the municipal government that was needed amid the growth challenges.