- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to boost the University of Arkansas’ support for the city’s fire protection will be smaller than hoped, but the Fayetteville fire chief says he appreciates any help dealing with growing service calls and lagging response times.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1OlXg5U) a task force endorsed the university’s plan to contribute money for 10 or 15 years to the city to pay for a new engine or ladder truck.

The proposal goes to the full advisory committee in January, but only after university and elected city officials sign off on the plan would it happen.

The payments would add up to between $600,000 and about $1.6 million, with the amount and years of contribution depending upon which type of vehicles are purchased.

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