GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Fire-Rescue’s expanding its paramedic staffing model which will cost taxpayers an additional $57,000 for vehicle upgrades.
9 On Your Side’s Brandon Goldner rode along with Greenville Fire-Rescue back in September to see how the department is responding to emergency calls faster.
9 On Your Side reported Chief Eric Griffin saying it wouldn’t cost any additional tax dollars.
He now says he was referring to no additional personnel costs, and he added there will be operating costs.
Chief Griffin went before the city council earlier this month to request an additional $57,000 for two quick-response vehicles.
The city council approved his request 4-2 with Councilman P.J. Connelly criticizing the extra money.
He said the city must be careful as it’s expected to face a deficit.
“It may end up working its way out, but it comes down to, was it allocated in our budget or not?” Connelly said. “We have to stay within those parameters.”
“The cost of running a $35,000 SUV as compared to a $1 million fire truck I think is very fiscally responsible,” Chief Griffin said.
Chief Griffin also received additional money for a new fire truck, an ambulance and a sedan.