Following a fire at the Caldwell Darigold plant last Tuesday, fire crews are reflecting on their response to the fire. Agencies from all over the Treasure Valley responded to the fire, but the president of the Caldwell Firefighters Union is concerned that the help was needed at all.
Will Gigray said his concerns surround the department's lack of an adequate ladder truck and the crew to operate it.
"What got me to say that was the fact that for years now, we have been asking for more staffing, that our staffing levels are too low, that we need more personnel," Gigray explained. "The real question Caldwell taxpayers should be asking is, why doesn't your fire department have an adequate ladder truck? Or the personnel to staff it?"
The Caldwell Fire Department's ladder truck has been out of service for several years due to the inability to hire staff to operate it.