Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee approves funds for first responders

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee approved grants and funds for first responder staffing and equipment on Wednesday.

Two grants were approved for the fire department. One will help bring more firefighters on board.

Nick Carlson, Division Chief of Fire Operations, said “We’re down 12 so if we can get that staffing count up to where we need it just keeps everybody rested and ready to go. The more work, the more overtime they have to do the more worn out they get. It just allows everybody to keep healthy and work toward the great goal which is to keep the community safe.”

The other grant will allow RCFD to educate the community on fire safety and prevention.

Legal and finance also approved a vision fund agreement with Black Hills Works.

Sales tax revenue has been down due to the shutdowns, raising concerns about vision fund dollars, but the city says, at this point they haven’t been affected.

Darrell Shoemaker, Communications Coordinator for the City of Rapid City, said “Obviously we are continuing to watch the numbers very closely. Everything is impacted by the sales tax numbers. The latest report came in as 0.3% down, that’s better than what we had anticipated the losses could be.”

The items approved today will need final approval by the common council.

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