Council approves Public Safety Department purchases, training

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 13, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After City Council approval, new equipment is in store for the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety.

Purchases of a new parking enforcement vehicle, new fire gear and new prep radios are on the way for the department.

“They were needed,” Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Robert Novitke said. “It’s not like any of these were out-of-the-ordinary expenditures.”

According to city documents from Public Safety Director John Kosanke, the new parking enforcement vehicle is a 2020 GMC Terrain and will be purchased from Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Westland at state of Michigan pricing of $21,950. The new sport utility vehicle has a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

There were additional costs of $1,309 and $811 as the department also requested to purchase a driver convenience package and a driver alert package for the vehicle because of the amount of use the vehicle will get. The convenience package includes remote start, automatic air conditioning and heated seats. The driver alert package includes alerts for lane changes, blind zones and rear parking assistance.

In addition, Canfield Equipment, in Warren, has been secured for the purchase and installation of a light bar to be mounted on the roof for $731.39. Majik Graphics, in Clinton Township, will install the vehicle’s graphics for $295. So in all, the new purchase totals $25,096.39. The purchase will be paid for out of the 2019-20 vehicle maintenance public safety fund.

The Terrain will replace a 2007 Pontiac Vibe with 68,294 miles on it, which will be auctioned off.

Per city documents, the Public Safety Department also will receive five new sets of coats and pants as part of the five new sets of fire gear purchased annually by the department. The department will order five Super Deluxe coats, Super Pants with lumbar and suspenders, five helmets and helmet leather fronts, five sets of gloves, and five firefighting carbon hoods. The total cost for all items, including shipping charges, is $13,645.95.

The gear will be purchased from Apollo Fire Equipment Co. in Romeo, and funding will come from the 2019-20 budget in the operating supplies fire equipment fund.

The National Fire Protection Association Standard on Selection, Care & Maintenance of Protective Ensembles, known as NFPA 1851, recommends that structural turnout gear be retired when the garment is beyond repair and no longer able to pass an NFPA 1851 advanced inspection, or 10 years from the date of manufacture, whichever comes first. In order to comply with the standard and reduce safety risks for firefighters, the department has made a practice of replacing five sets of fire gear annually.

The department also will purchase five new prep radios for $21,405. The department has been adding five new prep radios each year, as parts for current radios will be unavailable within the next few years, according to city documents.

“We’ve been on this program of replacing them periodically instead of all at one time,” Novitke said.

The vendor is Motorola Solutions Inc., based in Schaumburg, Illinois. The purchase will be at a 25% discounted price. The expense is included in the 2019-20 radio maintenance public safety fund.

In addition to the new purchases, the city will fund the cost of training two new officers at the Macomb Police Academy located at the Macomb Community College Criminal Justice Training Center in Clinton Township. According to Kosanke, the cost of training is currently at the discounted member price of $5,700 per officer. The training began Aug. 12 and will end Dec. 17.

“The two individuals were already certified in fire, and one is a paramedic,” Novitke said. “This is going to work out very good for us.”

The Macomb Police Academy provides 18 weeks of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards basic police training. MCOLES establishes the minimum standards for pre-employment testing, the basic police academy, certification eligibility and employment standards for Michigan police officers.

The cost is included in the city’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget in the Act 302 training fund.