Letters to the Editor – June 5

Spring is here and we are busy at the City. The 21st Street water line is finished and the final grading is underway at the transfer station. The landfill scale is in position and about to have the deck poured. Mainline Contracting has the rock anchors set, placed most of the water line, and are beginning construction of the Cole Tank foundation.

We rolled out glass recycling containers and have seen good response from the community. City Hall has witnessed an overwhelming response to the yard waste program. We ran out of yard waste containers the day after the newspaper came out so we will be traveling to Gillette this week to pick up additional containers. Keeping recyclables and yard waste out of our garbage will help reduce the weight of our solid waste and save us money when we have to pay to dispose of it.

The Public Works Department filled the pool and found a leak so it had to be pumped down so the leak could repaired. We also are having some problems with the heater but should have it online by the end of the week.

Last week our garbage truck broke down so we borrowed a truck from Moorcroft to run the garbage route. We appreciate our friends in Moorcroft for helping us.

We are going to be spraying mosquitoes very soon but we all need to remember the spray is more effective if everyone helps out by draining standing water, removing unused lumber, cutting tall grass and weeds, and disposing of all unused tires. If we all pull together, we can hopefully have a summer free of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.

Paul Brooks, Mayor of Sundance

To whom it may concern:

In regards to Mr. Jim Bowman’s letter to the editor dated May 22, I was having lunch with Mr. Bondora at one of the local dining establishments on the date he is referring to. Several bites into the meal Mr. Bondora’s radio toned out and I told him to go ahead and go and I would pay and box up his food so he wouldn’t have to wait and he immediately left. I finished my meal, boxed his to-go, paid, and walked several blocks to the ambulance barn where my vehicle was parked. When I got there Mr. Bondora had the ambulance pulled out and was in the driver’s seat talking on the phone with dispatch. He explained to me that no one else had responded yet and he was trying to figure out what was going on.

Now, I am in no way saying that a mistake did not occur resulting in the inability of an ambulance to respond at that particular time. However, one event should not be used to paint the individual(s) or Crook County EMS in a bad light. You see there are about four sides to this story and no one is happy about the fact that it occurred.

To answer Mr. Bownan’s inquiry as to why people are being brought in from somewhere else to help cover shifts: well, that’s easy. Because not enough people are up to the challenge of being in volunteer EMS. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and personal sacrifice that not everyone is willing to give. You see these people aren’t in it for the pay because, frankly, it’s meager to none. They are in it because they have a passion for helping those when they need it the most. Unfortunately, it’s something that few people want to be involved in leaving a ‘short staffing’ of volunteers which means there is a limited amount of people to cover every hour every day.

As far as recognizing this problem and complaining about it, I encourage that instead, people become a part of the solution. The fall EMT classes should be starting in a few months. You can go to www.health.wyo.gov for the schedules. Now, this will only take a small amount of your time. It will be four hours of class twice a week with some eight hour Saturday’s for six months and any amount of study time you are willing to devote. You may have to drive depending on where you live and the class location. You will also have to pull some shifts on the ambulance and do some ER time in order to pass the class. There are certain vaccinations you must receive. Also, don’t forget once you become an EMT you must maintain it. That means you must get a total of 36 continuing education hours every two years at the basic level usually by traveling to EMS schools around the state and trainings held by your local EMS dept. All of this on your own time and dime while maintaining your actual full time job, volunteering at your other full time job (because paid or not being a volunteer firefighter/EMT is a full time job) and trying to maintain some semblance of personal/free time. Please, join the ranks if you think this is something you can do. Volunteers are an endangered species.

Again, I am not saying a mistake did not occur that day. But, don’t for one second think it was because these individuals are careless, un-devoted, unsympathetic, or unapologetic.

Tiffony Bondora Riehemann

Volunteer EMT-B/WL FF1

(I am not associated with Crook County EMS)