Jefferson City Council to consider fire funds

Additional funding would buy air packs, handheld radios

The Jefferson City Council will look at a proposal to spend more than $800,000 on new equipment for the Fire Department.

At the City Council meeting Tuesday, a bill will be introduced to allow for a transfer of $815,000 from the city’s fund balance, which would allow the Fire Department to purchase 76 air packs and spare cylinders, 75 handheld portable radios, 25 sets of structural gear and seven sets of natural cover gear.

Fire Chief Bob Rennick said 2nd Ward Councilman Shawn Schulte and 5th Ward Councilman Ralph Bray were “gracious enough” to offer the funds to the department after the failure of the department’s dedicated quartercent sales tax.

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