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HIGHLAND TO PAY SOME OF ALPINE’S FIRE BILLS

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As Highland and Alpine merge into one fire department, Highland will pick up some of its neighbor's bills and seek bids on its own fire truck.

The City Council approved a measure allowing Alpine Fire Department to run some of its bills through Highland up to the amount the city would have paid American Fork. Highland severed ties with the American Fork Fire Department Sept. 1. Highland and Alpine earlier reached a verbal agreement for joint fire service.Alpine Fire Chief John Pool has recruited several Highland residents to serve in the volunteer department. The council approved spending $9,512 to outfit the new firefighters.

The council also directed the city manager to send out requests for proposals for a fire truck. The city will consider leasing or buying the vehicle.

Highland will convert one bay of a Highland Water Co. warehouse for a temporary fire substation. The city will upgrade the building to house a pumper as part of its contribution to the joint organization.

Council members earlier agreed that Alpine will move a pumper into the warehouse, but Highland will eventually provide its own truck.

Highland and Alpine already share police services. American Fork provides ambulance service for both cities.