The status of the current make up of the City of Prince Rupert Fire Service made somewhat of a surprise topic as part of the final Budget considerations by City Council.
The topic one that had not been mentioned in the four week engagement process period previous, but one which gained some time of note in the final portion of the Budget overview prior to the adoption of the Financial plan and 12.5% tax rate increase.
The Conversation from Council provided a bit of insight from the members of the public who made use of the City's online Budget simulator. With their contribution towards the theme of Public Safety making for the focus of the council members narratives on the night.The data that the Councillors used came out a Report from CFO Corrine Bomben and part of the Agenda for her presentation on Monday.
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The data review that sparked the Council discussion is focused on the online Simulation, as well, Ms. Bomben's report features some of the commentary towards Budget themes, with public safety among the areas of note.
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Among those speaking to the Fire Department elements included:
Councillor Wade Niesh
"There was a couple of comments about Fire Department. You know we are a compact community with houses that are very close together, businesses downtown that are very close together you now most touching.
So a Paid Fire Hall is something that I do believe in, because I feel that a quick response is something that will hopefully save some buildings, some maybe not"