Posted on Wednesday February 06, 2013
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen reviewed a presentation on the feasibility of an Atoka Fire Department at their February 5 meeting. The presentation outlined projected costs and funding sources for a stand-alone Department to serve the residents and businesses of Atoka.
At the December meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Town staff was directed to explore the feasibility of a stand-alone Atoka Fire Department and to report back to the Board as soon as possible with options for Board consideration related to fire services in Atoka. Historically, the Town has contracted fire protection services out to the City of Munford but the failure of recent efforts to increase staffing for the combined fire service led the Board to begin exploring additional options.
Town staff brought in experts with more than 125 years of combined experience in the fire service during the feasibility review to evaluate staffing levels, capital needs and long-term operational costs for a Department. The presentation offered the Board two different staffing scenarios and a host of options for funding a new, full-service Fire Department.
A copy of the presentation is available by clicking here
. The Board will continue its discussion of fire protection services at its March meeting and throughout the upcoming budget process.
Also related to fire protection in Atoka, the Board approved an agreement between the Town and the City of Munford to provide funding for overnight staffing of Station 3 on Walker Parkway. Under the agreement, the Town would provide a grant to the City of Munford to fund their share of the personnel costs for two years – with each community funding its own share in the final year of the three year agreement.