GH Twp. to designate fire truck money on Monday

The Grand Haven Township Board is expected to vote on a resolution on Monday to designate $400,000 for a new fire apparatus.
Kyle Moroney
Apr 7, 2012

 

Two weeks ago, board members decided it would replace the Fire/Rescue Department’s ailing “first-out” fire truck with a new $725,000 quint truck.

The quint is a 75-footer that has a pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders, according to Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer. Its apparatus is more agile and less expensive than a traditional aerial platform truck, and it will allow for less staff needed on the truck.

The quint will also allow for firefighters to ventilate roofs beginning at about 80 seconds rather than the 7.5 minutes it takes with a traditional engine.

“This truck will get us into much closer areas and will have the ability to get us to rooftops immediately,” Gerencer said during the March 26 meeting. “Rather than having two firefighters put a ladder to a building, set it up and cut a hole in the roof, there will just be one firefighter on this ladder that is quick and a little more efficient.”

While the township will pick up more than 50 percent of the cost of the quint, they will be asking township taxpayers to pay the remaining $325,000 through a millage request.

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Comments

newspaperlawyer

This is funny... The governor is requesting that public safety units look at better ways of serving the communities... So why would we look at GH twp wasting more tax payers money by purchasing a unnecessary vehicle which two other communities( Grand Haven City and Ferrysburg City ) has available for their use at NO extra cost... I believe this falls under the joint response agreement that all a fire departments have... or maybe we need to look at when we had to hire additional firefighters sometime back for the so called " 2 in 2 out" law... which is a false law... only insurance company recommended... GH twp fire started a paramedic unit which is costing the twp hugely... with many hidden cost... paramedic training 24/7 coverage... because NOT all firefighters are paramedics and only licensed first responders... replacing equipment costs... which is acquit for the twp of this size....or have paramedic units less than 5 city blocks from the twp /city limits... Its NO secret that Chief Gerencer and Manager Cargo want to start its own ambulance service...I really don't understand the duplication of services or equipment purchases... This is a Twp government not a City.... maybe its time to stop putting special assessments on projects that is fluffy projects... instead of wasting tax payers money and looking at ways to screw over the tax payer by finding ways to fund projects that have been voted down by the public in the past... ( paying for additional police services) now it comes out of the special assessment.... maybe we need to cut taxes.... stop funding the fire mileage... Layoff some people seeing that the purchase of this "Quint" will reduced the amount of firefighters needed to respond....or maybe just combine fire services in the Tri-Cities area and maybe we will all save money.... Watch the smokin mirrors here people... The next thing you will see is special assessment for paving roads, 1.55% special assessment for police services, special assessment fire trucks and 1.5%.. I say its time to start attending these twp meetings and questioning the purchasing and rubber stamping of the twp budgets.

Justthefactsplease

Your spot on with your comments,the skill level of the Trusttee's is something toehold.

stepheinc

So the twp is looking at hanging the twp tax payers with another special tax assessment... People do you realize that under these so called "special tax assessment" that you CAN NOT deduct those amounts off your Michigan taxes.-Paul Perito

 

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