With the apparent defeat of DuPont’s Proposition 1, Fire Chief Merritt explained to council last night his Plan B Revision to the 2009 fire department budget. This Plan B reflects the basis for his recommended 2009 operating budget. I wish to keep my e-mail-constituents informed about this vital city service. You may forward this message to others, if you like.
Essentially, Plan B – Draft Fire Department Budget is already reflected on pages 36 to 39 of the city’s recommended 2009 budget which is posted on the city’s website.
Chief Merritt emphasized that Plan B assumptions were:
1. The Fire Task Force recommendations remain intact and will serve as a guide for the future.
2. The “consolidation path” with PCFD #2 (Lakewood) will continue towards ultimate integration.
a. A stand-alone fire department is not feasible (No volunteers/reserves)
b. DuPont cannot fund their own Fire Department
c. Regionalization of emergency services is the path most taken
d. 14 cities in Pierce County have annexed into Fire Districts
3. Plan B is based upon a budget of $1.7 million which will provide:
a. A staffed fire engine of three(3) on duty personnel 24/7
b. ALS capable
c. Defensive fire tactics
d. Transport by whoever is available (DuPont’s Medic One Unit is scheduled to be mothballed.)
4. Fire Station #26 will be closed.
5. No new equipment or apparatus
He further mentioned that:
- A revised “partnering agreement” will be forthcoming with Pierce County Fire District #2
- Future staff changes are being considered
The 1st Reading of the 2009 Budget Ordinance and Public Hearing with Citizen Comments (written and oral) will be held Nov, 25th, City Hall, 7:00 pm.
FYI: A new fire levy request is being planned for an April ballot.
ROGER C. WESTMAN
DuPont City Councilmember, Position 1
2249 Palisade Blvd., DuPont, WA 98327
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