I suspect the same individuals that think the City buys are food know equally as much about our pension, the DROP plan, and other benefits of public sector jobs.
Thanks Lindsay for doing an honest, two sided article.
Memphis IAFF Local 1784
As a member of IAFF Local 1784 and having a lot to do with these proceedings, I can assure you that we are smart enough to understand that 15 mpg is cheaper than 2 mpg and $500 tires are cheaper than $200 tires. It is not however, that easy to determine if this a viable and "good" way to deliver service to the public.
The premise behind the plan is that operating alternate vehicles will save money by reducing the amount of fuel and maintenance required on the larger fire apparatus. The union has provided records and documentation indicating that although some aspects of maintenance would be reduced it is not nearly as much as the plan pushers may want you to believe. The unions questions and push back against the idea can be summed up like this:
Will the anticipated costs saved in fuel and some maintenance exceed the purchase and associated maintenance costs of new, smaller vehicles? If so, would the savings be great enough to justify any associated risks to the firefighters or the public?
You are absolutely correct. We have submitted more FOIA requests to try and get to the bottom of it. We'll see.
IAFF Local 1784
That is an error in the report. The total CIP reallocation included several items other than the "Alternative Response vehicles" included in the $4.5 million dollars. The fire department is projecting to pay $62,500 each for the ARV vehicles. They are proposing a quad cab utility body type vehicle.
The balance of the money was for other exteditures and are independent of this article.
By Richard Alley
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