Another “business plan” to come out of Thursday’s “strategic planning” meeting with city officials is the planned expansion of the Boise Fire Department by two dozen personnel in a “take over” deal which will have Boise selling fire protection to Garden City, Hidden Springs, and the rest of the North Ada County Fire Rescue (NACFR) district.
Boise Chief Dennis Doan presented a series of slides showing how the city can turn a profit by hiring the firefighters from the NACFR, but making NACFR provide the equipment and stations.
In turn Boise would stop paying that district about $100,000 to protect the area of Fairview and Liberty where Boise closed a station…it took a rocket scientist to close a fire station and then hire an outsider to protect it!
Regardless of what anyone says, the big winner will be the folks who live in Garden City and Hidden Springs. They will get the service of a full time fire department where in some cases they have a station that isn’t even manned. Doan wants to get started by January one on the takeover.
Boise FD currently has a similar deal with the Whitney District which generally lies south and east of the city, but is protected by Boise FD on a contract. Under that deal, Boise rigs go many miles outside the city–all the way to the Elmore County line on I-84 east.
During the chief’s presentation it was also noted that no fire protection exists for the high end homes east of Bogus Basin Road and off Table Rock Road in the Boise Foothills. To his credit, Mayor Dave Bieter voiced strong reservations about providing protection to areas outside the city saying, “This is not a pay as you go thing.”
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