City Council to discuss increases in public safety Tuesday

City Councilman Geoff Paddock said he doesn't know specifics yet, but the Fort Wayne Fire Department is expected to request two new fire engines.

Posted: Sep 30, 2018 7:09 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2018 8:27 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The public safety budget in Fort Wayne is expected to be a huge topic of discussion over the next few weeks at City Council. 

City Councilman Geoff Paddock said he doesn't know specifics yet, but the Fort Wayne Fire Department is expected to request two new fire engines. 

Paddock said city officials will also request more man power for both the fire and police departments due to an increase in population and a boost in the economy. 

”The city controller and the mayor are going to be recommending that we do a couple things. One is to continue to increase the size of our police department, and also our fire department," he said. 

While some residents are concerned with where the money in the city budget is going, Paddock said there's enough this year to continue investing in development, infrastructure, and public safety. 

”Sometimes we have to take funds from other sources to increase public safety. This year we do not, and that’s a good thing," he said. 

Earlier this year, FWFD welcomed two new ladder trucks. Nineteen future firefighters also graduated in August. 

Residents like Mary Potthoff said it never hurts to have more resources. 

”We could always benefit from new equipment and more personnel... They’re doing the best they can with the supplies and the man power that they have,"  she said. 

Paddock said this investment is one he's looking forward to supporting. 

”A lot of folks just see us spending money downtown, and we do have a lot of good things going on with downtown projects, but we’re also putting money into our nieghborhoods. We’re investing in infrastructure in our neighborhoods, and investing in public safety is equally important to me," he said. 

FOX 55 will have updates on public safety increases and the city budget as the discussion progresses. 

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