Richfield plays host to the Utah State Firefighters’ Association Convention this week. There will be a lot of Type A individuals running around town for three days. Type A people are high achievers. They’re competitive, outgoing and ambitious. This personality type is impatient if there is something that needs to be done and people are just standing around. They jump in and make things happen.
Most of you remember when we had a loud siren whenever there was a fire. We went to a silent notification system a few years ago. Fireman are paged (and have been for years), but now citizens are often unaware when a crew of local heroes are busy saving property and perhaps lives in our city and beyond. Since we don’t here the siren, I’m afraid we don’t take the same opportunity to say thank you for training so hard and always being ready.
I am not suggesting that the siren be turned back on. It really was a problem for those living nearby; particularly folks with shift work who sleep during the day. There’s also improved safety at the scene of fires, because dozens of vehicles are not following the fire truck to an incident and getting in the way.
Being a volunteer firefighter takes commitment. When everybody in town heads for the hills in the summertime, a certain number of fireman have committed to stay here and be ready for any need. Families of firefighters are almost always great citizens and contribute to society in so many ways; all the time knowing that their loved one might have to hurry off to serve their community at a moment’s notice.
We always welcome visitors to our community. But please, especially this week, look for and shake the hand of our brave visitors who protect people and property around the State of Utah.
Mayor David Ogden