FLINT TWP. — When it comes to power outages, Flint township fire station no. 2 on Flushing Road was not much better off than most businesses and residents.
The station was using a small gas generator that did not support the entire station, according to Flint Township Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley.
But things will be different now that the township board has approved the purchase of a permanent generator.
The board approved the purchase of Generac 25kW generator at a cost of $9,140 from Michigan Electric Supply of Burton.
“To run all aspects of emergency services and to maintain an anchor point in the community, a permanent generator is needed,” Burkley told the board.
The purchase prices was covered by the 2016 budget for building improvements, he said.
Trustee Frank Kasle asked if the purchase counted as fire equipment for which there are millage funds.
Burkley said it is considered a building improvement because it does not go out the door with the truck and other portable equipment.
The accepted quote includes a steel enclosure, transfer switch, cold weather kit and a generator battery.