Sunday, August 28, 2011

Deerfield Beach Fixture, Crabby Jacks, Burns...Deerfield Beach's Esteemed Fire Department Puts Out Blaze???

I just heard that the Crabby Jacks, on Federal Highway near 10th Street burned this morning.  The structure was declared a complete lost.  

My question is isn't there a a couple of fire stations within 4 minutes of this location?

-Station 102 (CODB Fire Headquaters, 1441 SW 11th Way) located off of 10th Street and 11th Way according to mapquest is 4 minutes away from Crabby Jacks.  Station 4 (928 E. Hillsboro Blvd.) is 1 minute away.  With the Fire Department experts going around stating how good they are and our CIty has ISO score of 2 and a 6 minute response time.  

How in the hell did this place, that me, my friends, and I think this entire city loved to visit burn completely down on this lovely Sunday morning?

Our City's Fire Departments first real test in a long time and it failed.  This is what we are paying for people...this is the fire service that we are paying for.  On the Emergency Medical Service side they are great!  No doubt about that, but this does make you say hmmmmm...

I hope, just hope that now we are contracted with BSO, no other businesses or residence go up in flames like this.  It actually makes me wonder, especially since I have had several public debates with Fire Chief Broccato and Bill Ganz about the Fire Department to only be shut down by talks of how great they are and how safe they make us, if this would have happened in Plantation (given the distances of Fire Stations, two within less than 4 minutes of the burning building).  

Aren't these stations manned 24 hours a day by highly skilled, highly trained, and of course highly paid fire professionals and experts. Why the need for 18 units from Deerfield and Pompano Beach, plus Ft. Lauderdale, WOW!!!  I am no Fire Expert, but this seems odd to me, how about you. 

Someone has some 'splaining to do...and all the citizens should be concerned and want answers as to how this was allowed to happen.  Are we trully getting what we pay for?  Fire Assessment fees and now this Public Utility Tax...maybe if this had happened after Oct 1, with the new tax revenue and the BSO contract in affect we could have celebrated the implementaion of the tax and the beginning of the BSO Merger with a bucket of beers and crab legs at Crabby Jacks, but that dream ain't possible now.

So long Crabby Jacks, you will be missed, dearly.  A fixture in Deerfield Beach for over 30 years.

You can view this pic from Channel 10 of the actual blaze...

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