Monday, February 27, 2012
Local Politics - The First Responders
Local politicians are always invited to attend the different "Old-Timers" dinners given by the firehouses in Derby. I'm sure this tradition is shared by most of the New England cities and towns as well.
Storm Engine Co #2 had their dinner this past Saturday. They a great door prize (iPad!), prime rib, and a really good comedian. I went with my husband and we had a great time.
So, why do the firemen invite the politicians? They don't need to curry favor with us because we love our volunteer firemen - they take care of Derby and they aren't expensive. What's not to like?
I think it's because the firemen are not only the first responders when there's a fire or other disaster, they are the first responders in the political process as well. They are members of the community that are doing what we all need to do - be involved. And that is what local politics should be all about.