Should the Sandusky Fire Department Implement Fire Prevention Fees?   [open pdf - 239KB]

"The City of Sandusky, Ohio had recently gone through some difficult financial strains in the past several years. City officials believed it was time to evaluate the safety services in order to provide the best possible service at the most economical cost.. An independent study was conducted in 2010 with a suggestion to implement fees to supplement the fire prevention bureau, however the study did not provide a method to implement the plan or determine a fee structure. The problem then became; how does the Sandusky Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau develop a fair and equitable fee structure for fire prevention activities? The purpose of this applied research project was to gather information and develop a plan to put into operation fire prevention fees for the City of Sandusky, Ohio. The research method used was action research. The approach was to conduct a situational analysis to evaluate trends from comparable communities and fire prevention bureaus, determine factors that would help or impede the goal, and develop a useable draft. The questions were; which fire prevention activities can fees be attached to? What other comparable fire departments have imposed fire prevention fees and what are those fees for? What are the negative impacts of implementing fire prevention fees? Would the current Sandusky City Commission support a fire prevention fee program? Lastly, to what extent would the business communities support a fire prevention fee?"

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