Purchases for police, fire departments approved

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Board of Trustees Monday approved equipment purchases for the police department and fire department.

The police department will purchase a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe from Berger Chevrolet to replace a vehicle that was involved in a crash on July 20. The vehicle was deemed a total loss, and the township’s insurance provider has agreed to pay $23,653.33 toward replacement of the vehicle. The new vehicle is priced at $36,736. The township will pay the full cost, then be reimbursed $23,653.33 by the insurance company. The insurance company will cover all changeover costs of removing the police equipment from the totaled vehicle and installing it into the new vehicle.

The police department also will purchase Power DMS, a policy, training and accreditation management software at a cost of $9,407.61, which includes set up, training and use of PowerDMS until Dec. 31, 2020. According to Police Chief Kevin Salter, the software is used by more than 2,000 police agencies nationwide, including 41 police agencies in Michigan.

PowerDMS allows agencies to upload policies and disseminate them to employees electronically while maintaining an electronic signature record. When a policy or procedure is updated or revised, the document will display all changes so the user can see the specific changes side by side. The training module also will allow the police department to more effectively track critical training tasks, such as first aid, defensive tactics and firearms.

The fire department will purchase batterypowered extrication equipment, including a Hurst edraulic spreader, cutter and AC/DC converter pack, from Apollo Fire Equipment Co. for $20,500. Extrication tools are used in the rescue of occupants trapped in vehicle accidents, entanglement in machinery and as forcible entry. Fire Chief Thomas Stadler said the department has been working with some extrication tools purchased in the 1980s.