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  • SBFPDsells part of its fleet

  • As part of a planned reduction in its fleet, the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District announced the sale of one of its trucks to a fire department in Alberta, Canada.
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  • As part of a planned reduction in its fleet, the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District announced the sale of one of its trucks to a fire department in Alberta, Canada.
    The 1994 rescue truck was sold for $45,000 and will be leaving for its new home in the Village of Myrnam within the next two weeks, according to a press release from the SBFPD.
    “We need to get leaner,” said Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly. “This apparatus has not made an emergency response in the last two years and our staffed Squad Company has more capabilities with their apparatus than this truck offers us.”
    The SBFPD is eliminating four total apparatus from its fleet after approval of the plan by the board of directors in January. The district will be offering for sale two other apparatus and has its small fire boat currently on the market.
    The sales will free up operational expenses due to decreased insurance and maintenance. The one-time revenue from the sale of apparatus will be used to boost the apparatus replacement fund.
    The reduction in fleet is part of an overall program aimed at repositioning the department to more efficiently manage finances while improving service. The goal of the department has shifted to adding more paid firefighters to the staff.
    "We need to minimize our operating costs so we can focus on increasing our staff without placing a burden on our citizens. This is the first step in a comprehensive plan that will reduce the size of our fleet significantly," Reilly said. “These moves are designed to match our resources with the needs of the community. I am absolutely confident in saying this plan will decrease our operating costs without impacting the service we deliver."
    In addition to three new platoon firefighter positions created through a levy increase approved last year, the SBFPD announced in March that a second relief firefighter position was being created thanks to cost savings measures being implemented by the district.
    The board has also sold one of its station houses and pays a minimal rent to Lake West Ambulance to continuing housing one apparatus there.
    The new floater position brought the total number of paid firefighters employed by Sunrise Beach to 14. The relief firefighters work eight-hour shifts but also fill in for absent platoon firefighters as needed.
    The new platoon firefighters from the levy increase and savings measures are currently undergoing training in the department's recruit academy.
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