Bad judgment

Posted Wednesday, May. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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With the infinite wisdom that can come only from a bureaucracy, the city of Fort Worth is considering deactivating the Meacham Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) station.

The savings gained will presumably be redistributed to better serve the “underserved,” or to fund another boondoggle.

Having no degree in aviation, airport management or public administration, I lack the prerequisites necessary to make such a proposal. However, my experiences as a flight instructor, commercial pilot, firefighter, Marine officer and Special Forces team commander have given me sound judgment.

Meacham Airport serves what is likely the highest potential dollar loss by a single fire, and the highest density of top-bracket taxpayers in the city. Meacham is the gateway through which some of Fort Worth’s most philanthropic and influential residents and visitors pass.

In an emergency, when seconds count, the nearest fire company will be minutes away.

You will hear the usual City Hall rhetoric and “studies show” to defend what is being considered, but there’s no rational argument to be made.

— Jeffrey Natterer, Fort Worth

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