News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Official statement by Needles City Council Member regarding Saturday’s fire.

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News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Official statement by Needles City Council Member regarding Saturday’s fire.

ZachNews has received an official statement by Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson regarding the fire that happened on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 in Downtown Needles, California.

The official statement by Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson reads, “To all my family, friends, and constituents of Needles. This is unexceptable and is being addressed. During a recent council meeting I expressed my concerns with this exact situation and requested that County Fire leave one engine and crew to protect the City of Needles. We pay $ 600,000 for fire protection and rely on other Fire Agencies to protect us so County Fire can respond and protect the outlining rural areas. As your councilmember I assure you I will not take NO for an answer and will demand that County Fire leave our equipment and its operators we pay for within Needles City limits 24/7”.

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5 thoughts on “News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Official statement by Needles City Council Member regarding Saturday’s fire.

  1. First a question, do we have two fire engines in Needles? If so, where was the second engine? Due to the City’s financial restrictions I support Robert Yee’s suggestion of reestablishing a volunteer Fire Department. Robert served for many years and would definitely know what he is talking about. I believe the volunteers did every bit as good a job as the paid firefighters. While Needles does have many dilapidated structures, we also have some wonderful historical properties that need to be protected and preserved. Code Enforcement needs to be expanded, and utilized to issue heavy fines to property owners who do not keep their properties free of trash, clutter, weeds, and junk. If the property is not being lived in, gas and electricity should be turned off, and the property secured to prevent transients from squatting. The property should also be kept in good repair with windows and roofs intact, and protected from the elements. Having said that, I also feel it is the responsibility of the entire community to keep a watchful eye out and report all suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Department. It is also to the communities best interests in lending a helping hand to neighbors that might be too elderly, disabled, or live on a fixed income to keep their homes, out buildings and yards safe. One final thought; a lot of time, money and effort went into restoring the El Garces Hotel and the Santa Fe Park. The park is lovely and should be used by residents and visitors alike. However, when you have transients lying about the park, some for months at a time, it loses it’s appeal. I have great compassion for the homeless, and every effort should be made by law enforcement and the Department of Public Social Services to find them other accommodations. Thank you.

  2. If the surrounding fire districts took the same approach Gudmundson is advocating there would have been NO mutual aid fire units from the AZ side of the river. Maybe he should look at the big picture and remember there can be unintended consequences from snap decisions…

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