A vote on Wednesday may change Kent Fire Department’s coverage.
It is official. On Wednesday Kent city manager Dave Ruller signed the new contract with the Village of Brady Lake to offer the city’s fire resources to the Village. Kent city council voted unanimously to expand the city’s fire resources. In the contract, Brady Lake will be paying Kent on a per call basis making a win-win for each community. Ruller estimated this will bring in approximately $17,000 for the city of Kent AND it is not going to cost anything extra to expand coverage. Brady Lake was spending $25,000 to maintain a volunteer fire department handling four to five calls a year, saving $8,000 a year in maintenance costs. As for staffing, Ruller said there was already a need for three more firefighters and an expansion of administrative staff but due to budget constraints no new hires are expected. The bright side is due to the low amount of calls there isn’t a need to add personnel due to expanding. Reporting, I’m Cory York.