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Fire, police departments present 2018 budgets


December 7, 2017

John McCallum

Mayor Tom Trulove pins a badge on Tom Jenkins after Jenkins was sworn in as Cheney's new fire chief at the Nov. 28 City Council meeting.

Budget presentations by Cheney's fire and police department chiefs at the Nov. 28 City Council meeting can be summed up in one word - more. More calls, more requirements and more needs for personnel and equipment.

Fire department

New Fire Chief Tom Jenkins told the council that call volumes are on track to increase 7 percent from last year's total of 1,461, which was one shy of the record set in 2015. Through October, the department had responded to 1,382 calls, and Jenkins projects the year-end total should be around 1,480.

Those 2016 totals averaged four calls per day, and Jenkins estima...

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