The other day I noted two Oak Park fire trucks parked at Pete’s (Unit 602 from the Augusta station and the behemoth Unit 631, probably from the main station). A good half dozen or more first responders were shopping and having a beverage. One wonders why firemen get to shop on company time — the rest of us have to shop on our own time. Bad union contract, I imagine. 

One wonders why it is acceptable to drive fire trucks to the grocery — the rest of us have to drive our own vehicles, and, from an environmental standpoint, fire trucks get awesomely bad fuel mileage. 

If the alleged answer is that fire personnel on duty have to have their equipment with them, let me point out that Pete’s delivers and would probably even waive the delivery fee for first responders.

Bob Stigger

Oak Park

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