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Oh really.... Well your wrong on many accounts. Many of the fire department think they are untouchable. If we talk about mandated services then the only thing that a fire department is required by state statue is to provide "fire" fighting services. Their is nothing in the Michigan statue that states they are to be involved in medical services, scuba diving rescues or many other service which they have taken on their on accord. I would say the real answer would be for a county funded fire and police service verses separate departments in the twps. If the cities want to fund additional services then they can tax those residences for those services. Most tax payers already pay for police services in the townships with county and state tax dollars. If I recall right several years back the Public Safety Director Bob Huft tried to do this the same thing. But after a costly and timely review the committee came back with recommendations of the Sheriff taking over police services for several of the smaller police agencies which Grand Haven City, Ferrysburg City and Spring Lake Village. The question I would like the answer is what happen to the talks between the Ottawa County Sheriff and Spring Lake/Ferrysburg a few years ago. So lets look at this. Grand Haven City told the tax payers that the services would not change when they went to public safety. Lets look at the costs, wages, budget from then to now. and now the man power. Years ago the Grand Haven Fire Department had no issue with fighting a residential fire with their own staff of FT firefighters and Volunteers. Now GH City can't fight most fires without calling Grand Haven Twp in for assistance with man power. That is NOT how the mutual aid agreements were intended to be used either. These unnecessary costs are costing the tax payers huge amounts of money. I say lets look at total picture and stop duplicating the services,trucks and equipment.
I think they should combine the tri cities and have precincts.
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