And you thought that I had forgotten. Everyone put your “Annoyingly Involved Citizen” hat back on.
Here are Fire & Rescue’s priorities (page 28 of pdf) for the current fiscal year…
Priority One: Increase level of medical service [from First Responder] to Basic Life Support (BLS). Requires the acquisition of equipment, supplies and a contracted Medical Director. Recurring costs will be significantly less in the following years which will include the cost of the Medical Director and supply restocking.
Priority Two: Upgrade hose connections. Upgrade of the 5” hose that will adapt the connections to a swivel fitting which will increase operations and provide a safer operation. Quint 1, Engine 2 and Engine 1 will be completed in this year’s budget. Engine 3 will be proposed in the next budget.
Priority Three: Training. Training will address supervision/management, officer development, computer skills, disaster operations, fire prevention/public education and specialized training.
And here’s Decatur Police’s priorities (page 31 of pdf)…
Priority One: Computers for patrol vehicles, the traffic motorcycle and the roll call room.
Priority Two: Mobile video cameras to replace old VHS cameras.
Priority Three: Continued Marketing and Recruiting Efforts. Recruit marketing maintenance plan
Priority Four: Crime Reporting Software. The department has contracted with CrimeReports.com to track and report current crime reports and analyze data to better predict future crimes.