Rural fire assets transferred

By on October 31, 2014

Councillors were reminded of both the benefits and the complexities involved in forming one enlarged rural fire district at Wednesday’s meeting of the Waitaki District Council, during a discussion on the transfer of assets to the Otago Rural Fire Authority.

Rural fire responsibilities were transferred to the regional authority on July 1 this year.

Questions were asked about forecasted funding shortfalls of the authority, particularly in the area of health and safety, and whether it was likely that council would have to contribute to the replacement of capital assets, like appliances, in the future. The implication was that council may be asked to contribute far more than originally thought.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

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