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October 21, 2014, 7:03 pm
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Springfield Fire Department Proposes Increased Budget

The Springfield Fire Department budget is expected to go up 4.4 percent in the coming fiscal year with a majority of the increase coming from personal services and fringe benefits, including an increase in IMRF and pension funds.


The FY2014 budget comes in at just over $35 million dollars.


A requested fire engine was cut by the mayors office, according to Fire Chief Ken Fustin. As for fire trucks approved for purchase last year, those won't arrive in Springfield until later this year.


The fire chief says his department has some of the same technological challenges as the police department.


As for headcount, Fustin says the SAFER grant that covers the salary and benefits of 20 members hired in 2011 is going to expire in November.


Meanwhile, Fustin says there could be a tremendous "brain drain" in the department over the next four to five years because of upcoming retirements.

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