To the Editor:

(Re.“Rural departments face unique challenges,” April 8, 2021)

As a former volunteer firefighter who worked in a district with limited water supply, I fully understand the problems faced by your fire department. We had to rely on mutual aid, and like yours it sometimes took a great deal of time for them to arrive. And then we did not have portable tanks, ours was a relay system, which times would mean two or three engines pumping one to another. So people of Ripon, America’s greatest city, be grateful you have the personnel who are making up your fire department and support them in anyway you can. I am now a member of a volunteer support group with a local fire department. We support the department in many ways, mostly by showing up at fires and giving the firefighters a place to rest and get a cool drink or coffee. If only I could still fight fires. God bless firefighters all over the country. I still want people to call me Butch.

Thank you Ripon for being my hometown, and always will be.

— Earl Bucholz

El Cajon, Calif.

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