The thread on the Fire Department getting bent out of shape over a pinned boat on the Big T reminded me of this issue.
For the most part, fire department swiftwater rescue teams don't know what they are doing when it comes to serious whitewater. I don't care how much swiftwater training they have. I've seen them in action. They should stick to drainage ditches and canals. They need to have some class V kayakers on their team and they need to get training from someone like Mike Mathers if they are going to get near dangerous creeks and rivers and start telling kayakers what to do.
Recently, the Golden Tribune printed an article saying the city council was going to discuss whether or not to continue charging rescue fees for rescues outside of the city. Well, the only council member to vote for discontinuing the practice of charging rescue fees was Jacob Smith. I have talked to him about this subject and he is very receptive to the point of view of kayakers and climbers. He told me that he would discuss this with me again if he becomes mayor.
Jacob Smith is a candidate for mayor of Golden. I am voting for him and I encourage any other environmentally minded kayaker who lives in Golden to do the same. Tomorrow is the last day to vote:
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