Advertising on Trucks To Salvage Fire Stations
June 7, 2012 by Sarah
Baltimore has unveiled unconventional plans to raise money in an effort to save fire stations.
In the crowded council chamber, during an important Budget and Taxation session, a plan was approved today which is expected to permit advertisements to be displayed on fire trucks in the hopes to save three fire companies from being closed.
The measure, championed by West Baltimore Councilman, William “Pete” Welch of District 9, was also backed by community leaders and firefighters during a dark time of budget cuts when Baltimore city has an approximate deficit of $48 million.
According to the Chicago Tribune, this vote means the three fire companies that were on the chopping block have a better chance of not closing next month.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s sources said she refuses to comment on the information until the bill is visible.
Councilman Welch declared advertising profits could open many economic possibilities, like security for loans. He then disclosed that a business which operates two Baltimore hospitals has voiced interest in this ad campaign.
If all runs according to plan, Baltimore print companies will be hired to produce magnetized signs to be displayed on trucks to raise capital for the city.
The three fire companies chosen to be extinguished in the mayor’s restructured financial plan are Truck 10 from the Harlem Park community of West Baltimore, 1500 block of W. Lafayette Ave.; Truck 15 of the Broadway East neighborhood of East Baltimore, 1223 N. Montford Ave.; and Squad 11 of the Hopkins Bayview community in Southeast Baltimore, 5700 block of Eastern Ave.