continued LaRock said the fire district budget increased this year because of needed equipment purchases. The fire department needed new radio equipment because of a change in the Essex County dispatch system and firefighters needed to replace old hose at a price of $7,000 per 1,000 feet.
“We were at a point where we had to replace the hose,” LaRock said. “You’re supposed to replace the hose every 10 years, but we didn’t have the money to do it and still pay for the heat, electricity and other equipment.”
Malaney said she’s not concerned with the amount of the fire budget. She just wants to make certain proper procedures were followed.
“If that’s what it takes to protect our citizens, it’s a small price to pay,” Malaney said of the Ti fire budget. “I think out fire department does a wonderful job.”