Letter to the EditorRural/Metro�s non-essentials
What was lost during the Thanksgiving Day Massacre of Rural/Metro Corporation�s reorganization? Yuma lost Steve Wyant, a batallion chief with decades of solid experience, proven leadership, and an ocean of integrity. His service was deeply respected with the City of Yuma Fire Department, where he retired. The same when he resumed his career as the Somerton Fire Chief. And he was striving for improvements in fire safety at Rural/Metro. Maricopa County lost Gary Morris, a fire chief who spent over 20 years as a Phoenix Assistant Fie Chief, then assumed the leadership of the Seattle, Washington Fire Department. I understand Seattle has one of the finest fire departments in the country. If you were the leader there, any fire department in any city or state would count their blessings to have you. Given the boot as the Rural/Metro statewide fire chief was Les Caid, based out of Tucson. Another man of focused integrity and professionalism. He was working to wrest Rural/Metro out of a culture of mediocrity in every area�operations and equipment, management and marketing. He spent multiple visits to Yuma. When you read Rural/Metro Corporation was only interested in removing the non-essentials that wouldn�t impact fire fighting, remember these individuals and ask yourself how can that claim be true? Doesn�t one see a trend? Those extolling professionalism, leadership, and excellence, were among the removed. Makes you wonder who they decided to keep.
Mike Shelton2681 S. Virginia Drive #8Yuma, AZ 85364928-726-0796