The city’s fire department has proposed a budget that would allow it to devote more money to replenish the department’s Narcan stock, train incoming firefighters and cover costs for computer services. In a budget meeting Tuesday night, the city’s Emergency Operations Center and police and fire departments laid out their budget requests and fielded questions by the budget committee. Fire Chief Richard Thode presented the department’s $29.9 million budget request alongside Ronald Rolfe and Lance Edwards, the department’s deputy fire chiefs.
Rolfe said the department’s medical services has been funded at $13,000 since 2017. The increase to the requested $25,000 is to replace the department’s supply of Narcan — a brand name of naloxone, used to revive victims of certain drug overdoses.