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JOINT NEWS RELEASE

From the City of Goodyear and the City of Litchfield Park, Arizona

           

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2010

 

 

Goodyear Fire may soon cover Litchfield Park

 
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (April 22, 2010)  Goodyear will soon be providing fire protection and emergency medical service to residents of Litchfield Park if a proposed intergovernmental agreement is approved by both city councils.

 

During the first year of the agreement, Litchfield Park would pay Goodyear and estimated $480,000 for firefighter, emergency response, and other services and costs, although details are still being finalized. The term of the agreement is 25 years, with provisions for two 10-year extensions, or a maximum term of 45 years. The agreement also calls for Litchfield Park to share in the changing or increasing costs of staffing, commodities and other expenses.

 

For fire and emergency medical services provided by Goodyear, Litchfield Park will pay 30 percent of the annual operating and personnel costs of Goodyear Fire Station 183. Litchfield Park will also cover half the cost of a Fire Inspector (50 percent of $54,000, or about $27,000 during the first year), and make a one-time payment to Goodyear of $40,000 to help cover the cost of a vehicle for the Fire Inspector.

 

Litchfield Park's share of operating, personnel and other costs will be adjusted annually. Litchfield Park will also cover 30 percent of the annual Vehicle Replacement Fund costs for fire apparatus at Goodyear Fire State 183.

 

As a member of the Phoenix Regional Dispatch system, Goodyear pays $24.54 for each call that originates within the City. Under the agreement, Litchfield Park will reimburse Goodyear for each call originating there. Last year, Litchfield Park had just over 380 fire and emergency calls.

 

Litchfield Park's population is about 5,100. Goodyear's population is about 63,000.

 

The draft agreement will be the subject of public meetings during the Litchfield Park city council meetings on May 5 and 19, and then go to Goodyear City Council for consideration. Assuming the agreement is approved by the city councils, it is expected to be ready to go into effect soon after the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.

 

 


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