The leader of CANT stood up from the back of the room and yelled, "The fire department."
The mayor saw the fire chief sitting in the room and asked, "Chief, would you come forward and respond to this issue?"
"What exactly is your question?" the fire chief asked the members of CANT?
Another member then yelled, "Does that dog help with crowd control when you fight a fire?"
“Well, does the dog bring your fire department good luck when you're fighting fires?" another chuckled.
"Well then, why in heaven’s sake is your department so damn special that it needs a dog when other cities don't have dogs in their fire departments?" the CANT leader asked.
"That's easy," said the chief. "Three years ago, because of your organization's concerns to lower local taxes, the city council voted to terminate six full-time fire fighter positions. Two years ago, because of your group's demands to reduce taxes, the city council voted to eliminate the global positioning system (GPS) software in our fire fighting vehicles. And last year, because of your organization's demands to freeze taxes, the city council passed a resolution banning all city departments from purchasing new maps, reference guides, and plat books," said the chief.
"What does any of that have to do with our question tonight about the damn dog in the fire department?" asked the leader of CANT. "Will you please tell us why your fire department needs to have a dog?"
"Sure," said the chief. "That's simple; we need the dog to help our volunteer fire fighters locate the fire hydrants when they arrive at the scene of the fire."