Study on Hammond Fire Dept. should fire up public

2013-01-27T00:00:00Z Study on Hammond Fire Dept. should fire up public nwitimes.com
January 27, 2013 12:00 am

Is a former Hammond fire chief turned consultant hosing the taxpayers? This consultant paid about $22,000 in taxpayer money to a Muncie consulting firm to do a study on the Hammond Fire Department. The city is using this study to justify cuts in rigs, manpower and pay.

Making continual cuts to the fire department not only imperils residents, but firefighters as well.

It also raises the cost of your homeowner’s insurance.

There is another concern -- transparency. Why have all attempts to view this study come up empty-handed? Are we to just take the mayor’s word? Why are they hiding this study? Why has the City Council not requested to see this study? Did they not approve a resolution stating any reductions in public safety would have to be presented to the council with “full debate and input from the public”?

This ought to “fire up” the taxpayers.

- Katie Fuller, Hammond

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