Godspeed to the members of the Pontiac, Michigan, Fire Department
April 23, 1883 – January 31, 2012
After nearly 180 years, "Pontiac Fire Department" will no longer be the name on the side to the engines or on the front of the Stations, but it will be the name that every pontiac fire fighter past and present will never forget because it is in our heart and soul.
Once a pontiac fire fighter always a pontiac fire fighter.
PONTIAC (WXYZ) – A lot of history hangs in the halls of Pontiac’s main fire station. Pictures showcase the brave men who risk their lives daily for their community.
Tuesday, a photographer documented the last day the building will be running as part of the Pontiac Fire Department.
Wednesday morning, the Waterford Fire Department will take over and respond to calls in the city of Pontiac. A decision made by an Emergency Manager to cut costs.
Read more of Tara Edwards article HERE
According to the agreement, the top 13 Pontiac firefighters will be granted the opportunity to take early retirement rather than working until their 25th year. The 44 remaining firefighters are eligible for employment with Waterford Township. The city of Pontiac will grant them one-time bonuses of up to $15,000.
Leslie Shepard (2012 January 4) Pontiac firefighters accept Waterford service pact. SpinalColumn
There were 57 Pontiac firefighters. Tara Edward's article today stated that 42 firefighters got jobs at Waterford.
In the FY 2009 – 2010 budget there were 103 approved positions, shrinking to 80 positions in the FY 2010 – 2011 budget. 22 of the 23 positions eliminated were firefighters.
In 2010 the city police department was disbanded, replaced with Oakland County sheriffs.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
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