We should see savings from all the budget watching

To the editor:

To the editor:

I was interested to note our new fire chief, in his first introductory interview with the local media (City’s New Fire Chief Reports for Duty, Jan. 5 Capital News), said he wanted to meet all the firemen and then his first priority was the fire department budget.

Over the years it has always amazed me the importance all levels of government put in “the budget” or manipulating the budget. I have had exposure or have done business with various government operations and I have realized the most necessary item required at budget time is spending all of the previous year’s budget to justify an increase for the coming year.

Over the years the Kelowna Fire department has been performing regular safety inspections throughout the city and I believe they added another four more inspectors last year.

These inspectors, along with new stringent building codes pertaining to fire safety, new construction using superior fire proof building materials, new sophisticated fire fighting machines, and equipment, all must dramatically reduce fire incidents and costs.

It seems to me taxpayers in Kelowna should be seeing yearly reductions in fire department costs. The Kelowna city council could learn from Penticton—restraint should be pro -active and not the reactive disaster that has arisen not only in Penticton, but, lately, almost all over North America .

Ronald Gee,

Kelowna

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