Michigan Fire Chief Pulls Double Duty

Randy Talifarro is about halfway through a one-year appointment that has him leading both East Lansing’s and Lansing’s (MI) fire departments, details Bridge Magazine (http://bit.ly/KHZQEi).

Bridge Magazine details that the rather unusual role has ramped up the challenges faced by Michigan fire chiefs as they, and their cities, confront limits on resources caused by falling property taxes. Talifarro admits that he was hesitant to take the role for this very reason but that he also say the opportunity to influence change.

His challenges include lobbying a new fire inspector, merging the departments’ dispatch stations and exploring future aid agreements, and splitting his schedule effectively between the two communities.

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