Leadership

Fire Fighters Modernize Station Without Using Township Funds

Issue 5 and Volume 131.

Fire Fighters Modernize Station Without Using Township Funds During the last 2½ years, Washington Township in Allen County, Ind., has made $250,000 worth of improvements to township facilities. Most of these improvements were to the fire department and all of them were financed by donations or grant money. No township tax money was used. How was this possible? Easy: In return for a really first-class station, the fire fighters were willing to provide most of the labor. Donations were obtained from many sources. Wholesale prices were demanded on everything else, which was paid for with federal money. This allowed the township to use its money to buy an LTD wagon for the chief, a John Bean minipumper and a Pierce 1000 gpm pumper, and still reduce the tax rate from 24 to 13 cents per $100. Equipment replaced Initially, many of the mechanical systems which were 30 or more years…

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