Zeeland considers making fire chief full-time

ZEELAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Zeeland is deciding if the city’s fire chief should work full-time.

The Holland Sentinel reports after the city council heard the results of a five-month study Monday,  the assistant city manager recommended making the fire chief a full-time  position.

The study committee recommended approval to purchase  two new Automated External Defibrillators for police vehicles. The group  also suggested Zeeland Fire/Rescue continue responding to non-urgent  medical calls.

City  officials say making the position full-time would allow the chief to do  more fire inspections, prevention and emergency preparedness.

The position would pay between $69,798-$90,737, with no estimated time frame for filling the spot.

The  former part-time chief, Nick Bonstell, left Zeeland Fire/Rescue in  April to become the Ottawa County’s emergency management director.

The Holland Sentinel says the city council will vote on the recommendations on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

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