I first got to know Mike when he participated in a training with our firefighters. He donned our heavy bunker gear in 90-degree weather. He eagerly climbed up a 6-story ladder, crawled on his stomach in a dark smoke-filled room where visibility was so bad you could only see your hands in front of you. He performed CPR chest compressions until his muscles burned from fatigue. Mike wanted to learn about our job firsthand so he would have a better understanding of how to best protect our community.
He also rode with us throughout Edmonds to learn where we have older structures that pose fire hazards, the most dangerous intersections for vehicle crashes, and the patient traffic jams at our local hospital emergency room.
Mike has never wavered on his support for public safety. When other elected officials moved to cut our fire services by removing our downtown paramedic and cutting 12 firefighters, Mike sounded the alarm. After researching this issue, he explained that these cuts would lead to longer response times, which would put our citizens at serious risk. He was the lone vote that stood up for protecting our community.
Today, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace EMS and Fire units have doubled the amount of calls responding to Edmonds because Edmonds does not have enough units available. Because of the cuts to our fire service, it is taking us longer to respond to your loved ones in their time of need.
Mike doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. When it comes to your safety, Mike Nelson is the best choice for mayor.