City defies warnings, merges fire, police depts.

Despite dire warnings from the firefighting community, Bay City officials voted to cross train its police officers as firefighters


By Justin Engel
Michigan Live

BAY CITY, Mich. — The Bay City Commission on Monday, Dec. 3, approved a measure to put 12 Bay City police officers capable of fighting fires on the streets while laying off 14 firefighters by July.

In a 6-3 vote, the commission weighed in during a nearly three-hour session that featured commission in-fighting and emotional public comment.

The proposal to merge the police and fire departments, city leaders say, will alleviate budget shortfalls by reducing the public safety budget by $1.8 million yearly beginning in 2017.

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