If there were to be anything positive to come out of last week's highway department garage fire in Washington, it would be the courage and cooperation shown by area firefighters in knocking down the May 2 blaze.
Firefighters from Washington were joined by companies from Roxbury and, in New Milford, the Northville and Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 companies.
Although this unselfish response is not unusual in the fire service, it does not make mutual aid any less significant.
Any call could be a last call for a firefighter.
Fortunately, there was no loss of life or serious injury associated with this fire -- only a garage and its contents were lost, items that can be replaced, albeit at a "rough estimate" of $3 million-plus, Washington First Selectman Mark Lyon said.
In the days following the fire, the outpouring of help grew to include offers of equipment, labor and other services -- far more than the town could ever accept -- said Mr. Lyon, a firefighter himself for more than 30 years.
Now, with lawn-mowing season in full gear -- and snow-plowing season down the road -- Washington's highway department should be up to speed in less time than originally expected, thanks to the generosity of area towns, vendors, businesses and contractors.
The permanent replacement, however, of the six town trucks and other equipment lost in the garage fire could take six to eight months, said Mr. Lyon, a third-term first selectman.
While there is not enough room in the garage parking lot for all the vehicles and equipment that were offered to the town, the outpouring of support has not gone unnoticed.
We commend those who came forward to help the town of Washington and its highway crew get back on track -- from those who lent equipment to the town to the firefighters who helped extinguish the blaze.