Bill Wilmot

Selectboards and at least four town managers looked to move on from Rescue. This is not reassuring.

Brattleboro Selectboard Member Tim Wessel's recent comments suggest that the breach of faith between town government and the populace is wider and of longer duration than previously understood.

“Anybody who understands the history of Rescue Inc. and Brattleboro,” said Wessel, “understands that for more the 20 years Brattleboro has been talking about and considering and dancing around the issue of, well, we have this professional fire service, we have a large town with a lot of need, and it might make sense to combine services.”

“Anybody who understands” seems to refer to a fairly small group of insiders rather than the larger ambulance-riding public, which was never invited to the dance.

Apparently, Wessel hoped to reassure citizens who are upset by the prevailing narrative: the severance of Brattleboro's ties to Rescue Inc. was hastily engineered by an itinerant town manager and rubber-stamped by a spineless Selectboard.

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