We are writing this letter in response to a recent article in (another local weekly). We, the undersigned, call and full-time members of the Groton Fire Department, wish to reassure the Groton community that we are totally committed to serving you. In the light of this article, we feel it is necessary to assure the public that our motivation as call and full-time members is the same -- to help people. The public should be aware that our service has not been and will not be compromised.
None of us were asked by the reporter from (the paper), who wrote an inflammatory article about our department, what our input was on this topic and we feel it is necessary to set the record straight.
There is no question that successfully integrating a combination department is not easy. There are challenges that face every organization and change can be very hard for some people to accept. We have found that the best way to overcome these challenges is to work together to try to solve them.
Unfortunately, the article we refer to was filled with factual inaccuracies which made it very misleading and our fear is that it could erode the confidence of the public.
In closing we want to reiterate that we will continue to train hard and work even harder side by side to serve you.