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Port and city consider splitting remaining fire boat cost

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Port and city consider splitting remaining fire boat cost

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The City of Bellingham and the Port of Bellingham are working on an agreement to buy the city a new fire boat.

The Bellingham Fire Department recently received a $750,000 federal grant to help pay the $1 million expense of a new boat.

The city and port are considering splitting the rest of the expense 50:50.

Port Commissioner Mike McAuley says a new fire boat will be a good investment for the city.

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The city sold its aging fire boat in late 2011.

If the funding is approved, the new fire boat would take about two years to design and build.

Port commissioners will consider paying the port’s half at their meeting Tuesday Nov. 5.

McAuley says he would like the fire boat to be constructed by a local boat builder.