Leadership

Peoria, III., Drops Use of Policemen In Fire Companies

Issue 7 and Volume 124.

Peoria, III., Drops Use of Policemen In Fire Companies An experiment in using some policemen for part-time fire fighting duties that cost taxpayers $4.6 million is now dead as a result of a 6 to 3 vote of the Peoria City Council. In the nine years since the partial police-fire combination in 1962, Peoria has experienced $5.5 million in fire losses above what could normally be expected, Public Safety Systems, Inc., of Santa Barbara, Calif., stated in a 206-page report to the Peoria City Council. Although the city saved $2.9 million in salaries during the nine years, it spent an additional $2 million in other operating costs, the consulting firm stated. That left a net loss of $4.6 million, the report pointed out. “The best hypothesis (the simplest one that accounts for all the data) is that the increased average fire losses are directly the result of the reduced fire…

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