Fennville Fire Chief Sarah Bushee Highlights Needs For Millage Passage
The City of Fennville is asking its residents to vote to pass one millage, an estimated $21,209.67 request to support capital improvement for the Fennville Fire Department.
The millage will maintain the fire equipment replacement plan necessary to stay in compliance with the fire service’s rules and regulations.
“The money will help to fund our revolving apparatus and equipment replacement plan that has been developed to comply with Fire Service Regulatory Laws and Standards,” says Fire Chief Sarah Bushee.
The cost is $1 per $1,000 of the taxable value of a home,” says Bushee. “For instance, if your home’s taxable value is $40,000, then $40 a year would be your responsibility.”
Bushee explains, “Examples of things that need replacing: Every 20 years a front-line engine has to be replaced. Turnout gear must be replaced in 10 years. Airpacks have a 20-year life. Air bottles must be replaced every 15 years. Extrication tools such as the Jaws of Life have a 15-year life.”
The millage will also help to maintain the equipment in the years between scheduled replacements, along with day-to-day operational expenses, utilities, training and fire prevention.
Bushee adds, “It’s important that the capitol input plan is on schedule by the Fire Service Regulatory Laws and Standards for these organizations such as: NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and ISO (Insurance Service Offices).”
“Without the passage of the millage the fire department could find it hard to come up with funds to replace the necessary equipment,” she adds. “We want our city to be protected and safe against fires.”