|Councilor Christine Scales|
Indianapolis City-County Councilor Christine Scales worked tirelessly last year to keep Ladder Truck 21 at the fire station at 71st and Keystone against attempts by Public Safety Director Frank Straub to remove it. Now it appears that the Ballard administration, which agreed to leave the truck there through the end of 2012, has decided to renege on that commitment. In the Facebook post below, Councilor Scales calls for residents to take action to encourage the administration's decision to endanger the life of northside residents by removing this vital piece of equipment:
"Bad news-after receiving a commitment from Mayor Ballard both verbally and in writing, that Ladder Truck 21, at 71st and Keystone would stay at its station throughout 2012, the announcement was made that it is being yanked on July 1st. This is a vital piece of fire fighting apparatus for the entire northside. We have more high rise buildings than anywhere in Marion County other than Downtown. Most of them don't have interior automatic sprinkler systems. That poses the potential for a very serious fire. The urban density up here and the constant traffic congestion impedes response times. Without LT 21, if you're trapped in a burning room on a top floor, say your prayers. Before that -call 327-4MAC and your councillor."I have so much respect for Councilor Scales who has always put her job and her committment to her constituents ahead of blind party loyalty. That respect continues to grow.