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City officials ask voters to approve bonds for new equipment for first responders

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Broken ambulances, fire trucks that won’t go in reverse, or trucks breaking on the way to a call. Those are problems the St. Louis Fire Department says pose real safety risks for St. Louisans.

“Mechanical breakdowns, failures, it causes me to lose sleep at night,” explained Chief Dennis Jenkerson.

That’s why they are looking to the voters to approve Proposition F on April 5.

“This provides equipment for us to better prepare, better respond our ambulances are at the end of their life as well. One a daily basis we're running almost 400 calls a day between fire and EMS, and this allows us the same type of protection that they’re used to,” said Jenkerson.

The $25 million bond would allow the department to replace about 25 percent of the fleet, including fire trucks and ambulances. 

“It won’t cost anybody one penny,” explained Chief Jenkerson.

As explained by the city, “The current 13 cents tax levy is available for utilizing a $25 million bond issue without increasing taxes.”

About $15 million will go directly to the fire department. The rest will be used to repair and renovate bridges and other facilities owned by the city.

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