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GRFD Proposes Reorganizing Funding Structure for Buying New Equipment

GRFD Proposes Reorganizing Funding Structure for Buying New Equipment

Leaders of the Grand Rapids Fire Department and the fire fighters' union have proposed a new way to replace aging equipment and save money in the future.

WOOD TV reports an income tax voters approved in 2010 would fund it.

The Fire Department reportedly plans to ask the City Commission for $4.4 million from the Transformation Fund to buy some new trucks and rebuild others.

The Fire Chief said in a memo that the new trucks would be medium-duty, instead of heavy-duty, and those new trucks would be assigned to parts of the city that get fewer calls.

The Fire Department also wants to end the practice of paying for fire apparatus with bonds, and instead create a capitol reserve fund.

The Fire Chief's memo estimates these ideas could save the city $24 million over the next 30 years by cutting equipment and financing costs.

 

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