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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:08 am, Fri Sep 23, 2011.

Sipping on wine and soda while listening to men strum “Time of Your Life” by Green Day, Lodi city officials and community members gathered to celebrate a grant award to the Lodi Fire Department on Thursday afternoon.

A check of $10,000 was presented to Division Chief Aimee New by members of DiBiduo & DeFendis Insurance, which New said would help to save programs within the fire department that are in danger of being cut.

“We are feeling the economy just like everyone else,” she said. “The money will help to keep community programs in place so that Lodi gets to be able to share the grant.”

According to Marla Parsons, an agent at the insurance company, the grant money was built up over a period of time thanks to growth within the company.

New said the grant will help to preserve a 1921 Seagrave fire truck — the first engine used in Lodi — so that it can be used at community functions and events.

The grant will also help maintain the “Santa truck” that the fire department uses during the holidays for people to look at and take pictures with, as well as for the department’s canned food drive.

Finally, New said the grant will help keep the fire prevention program running, which helps educate primarily school-aged children about fire safety like stop, drop and roll.

“This truly is a blessing not only for the fire department but for the city,” New said. “It will make a big impact on helping us preserve programs that are on the verge of being cut.”

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:42 am on Fri, Sep 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    This is a little confusing to me. I would think if two older fire trucks are in need of repair and maintenance (which is expensive), that $10,000 would not go very far. That there would be enough money left over that would result in prevention of valuable community programs that would have been closed otherwise, means that these programs cost very little to operate. I am curious why something that is so valuable yet cost so little would be considered for closure rather than find this small amount of money from other sources if this wonderful grant had not been received.

    Maybe it would be more appropriate to retire these expensive fire trucks and use the valuable donation for more vital tasks the fire department has. This would better help keep a top notch fire department in better financial strength so that valuable community services can be maintained for the safety of the community. Sounds like we are in danger of keeping Lodi safe as financial instability is obviously in play here.



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