When there’s a fire, a wreck, a medical emergency, a hazardous spill, or any number of other potentially disastrous situations, local firefighters and EMTs are the first ones on the scene. They often put their own health and safety on the line to help others.

Measure 30-148 is the community’s chance to give back to those first responders. The bond package includes new protective equipment, radio systems, vehicles, and other tools that protect firefighters and EMTs.

It also includes upgrades to current vehicle exhaust systems to reduce the cancer risk. Protecting these responders while they’re in the line of duty and in the long term is important.

For around $4 a month for the average property owner in Umatilla County Fire District #1, investing in our first responders make a lot of sense.

Join me in voting yes on Measure 30-148.

Cathy Stolz

Hermiston

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