The Mat-Su Borough discussed and approved the purchase of a fire engine including large ladder platform by the Central Mat-Su Fire Service Area in an effort to come to the aid of neighboring West Lakes FSA at the meeting of the Mat-Su Borough Assembly on Tuesday.
Ordinance 21-003 and Resolution 21-002 passed by a vote of 5-2 with Assemblymen Jesse Sumner and George McKee voting against the $1.5 million appropriation to purchase the aerial platform and related equipment. Following Department of Emergency Services Director Ken Barkley’s detailed staff report, McKee found objection.
“This is nothing more than buying a new toy that’s all,” said McKee. “I thought we’re talking about budget problems and here we are going to throw money on another vehicle we don’t need.”...“It will help with the safety of firefighters,” said Barkley.