SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County government has made a historic investment of $32 million into the Shelby County Fire Department.
This comes just a few months after the department brought Engine 60 back into service in late August.
“If we don’t invest in our fire department, chances are we will see increased loss of property from fire and, worse, lives in danger. That’s why we brought Fire Engine 60 back. That’s why we will do more,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris in an update on the investment.
Harris said SCFD answers more than 16,000 calls each year and this million-dollar investment will help the department reduce its “emergency response time for underserved areas in Shelby County” while enhancing services for thousands of homes and residents.
Talks of two new fire stations are also in the works. Harris says one would be in Cordova and the other in the Southwind area.
“Additionally, in the next few years, our planned investment means that the fire department will be in a position to purchase four new fire trucks, add four new fire crews, hire 41 new firefighter emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and purchase a variety of safety equipment and new technologies,” said Harris.
Harris’ remarks on the investment can be read in full HERE.