30 Dec

Emergency crews make Southland proud

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Government at its best, indeed. And though the good work begins with the emergency personnel on the ground, it doesn’t end there. As Freeman notes, “It’s a cooperative effort from the state down to the local government.” Over the past few days, we have seen emergency teams from the city, the county, other cities and the state all work together in impressive harmony. They’ve also shown commendable generosity, with various municipalities going above and beyond the call of duty to help their neighbors. And with the National Guard and FEMA joining the effort, even Washington is playing a role. We can truly say, in this instance, government has served us well at the time when it was needed most. Of course, we all could do more to help the first responders. `THIS is government at its best,” says Los Angeles county Fire Chief Michael Freeman of the heroic efforts to contain Southern California’s ring of fire. And he couldn’t be more right. As easy as it is to get frustrated with the quality of government at all levels – with all its waste, corruption and special-interest favoritism – at times like this, we see government as it ought to be. Throughout the Southland, brave firefighters battle the blazes day and night, exhausted and at great personal risk. Theirs can at best be described as an uphill battle, trying to contain multiple wildfires fueled by hot, hurricane-force winds. As hellacious as the past few days have been for so many, we shudder to imagine what the sheer loss of life might have been if these heroes weren’t here to contain, evacuate, repel and extinguish. Fire crews report wasting precious time convincing reluctant evacuees to leave their homes. In fact, people should be preparing to leave as soon as a voluntary evacuation is ordered. We need to honor the people who are trying to save our lives and property by listening to them – not endangering ourselves and others by getting in their way. For government to continue to work at its best, the rest of us need to offer our assistance, as well as our gratitude.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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