Meridian Township Considers Review of Safety Services

By: News 10
By: News 10

Meridian Township is considering some major changes to its police and fire departments.

The township manager has released a report that recommends a third-party review of all emergency services.

The report focuses heavily on privatizing ambulance services to save money.

It also discusses the pros and cons of part0time firefighters versus training police officers to fight fires.

The third-party study would cost the township $60-thousand if approved.

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  • by Jeremy Hagerman on May 3, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    Township residents - NOW is the time to be contacting your board members and voice your opposition or concerns. Contact information is listed at It's important to note that the ONLY company with a bid for this study is who regularly determines that the Public Safety Model is the most cost efficient option. Also of importance: The Township Manager is on the Board of Directors for the organization who bid to complete this study for $67,500. Twp meeting is on Thursday - Voice your concerns now!
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      by Paul on May 4, 2011 at 06:52 PM in reply to Jeremy Hagerman
      You said "The Township Manager is on the Board of Directors for the organization who bid to complete this study for $67,500." how do you know this is true? If so, this may pose a legal issue from the point of being a conflict of interest on his part.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    Consolidate the entire capital area services to provide service for all.
  • by Jerrod Location: East Lansing on May 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    Wow looking at public safety again. Meridian tried this 10 plus years ago,it didn't work! Keep it the way it is. The police officers are busy enough without fighting fires. The firefighters are all cross-trained as paramedics. They perform both jobs,the stations are staffed with a few firefighters that respond in the ambulance during medical calls and take the fire engine for fires. I think they are already using their resources efficiently without wasting 60 grand of taxpayers money. Oh and 1 more thing,not to knock private ambulance companies,but private = for profit,not always the best model to use.
  • by Blake Davis on May 3, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    These cities that want to spend money for studies, instead of doing the figures themselves. It is some research and number crunching. These companies that do the studies, want people to think that it so intricate. It isn't that intracate! MSU students could even do this and save the city alot of money.
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