Seeing the house fire early this morning on Emison Avenue in Vincennes brought up some discussion in the past about the cost and amount of fire equipment we have parked at the fire stations. Each fire truck costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and that's without the cost of the firefighters and maintenance it takes to make the trucks useful.
Temperatures were in the 20's, water was everywhere, and the ladders, big sprayers, and multiple hoses (and the men required to make them useful) were all focused on saving what they could of a family's - well... a family's ... everything and keeping the fire from spreading to the homes on either side.
As they sat in police cars, safe and warm, the family that minutes before were asleep, watched and they knew there wouldn't be much left but what they had on their backs and could grab. It won't be a good situation, but the Red Cross and other agencies will help like they always do.
It's not just the firefighters, its the planners (the City Council), and its the payers (Us - the Taxpayers), and all the folks that will help after the fact that make Vincennes a good place to live.