- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - A Utah city might bring in extra revenue by contributing to firefighting efforts throughout the West.

The Spectrum of St. George reports (https://bit.ly/2bVLnHX ) that the Cedar City Fire Department presented the idea to the city council this week. Chief Mike Phillips says a Southern Utah University assessment found that the city could use its equipment to generate money for items not covered by the annual budget.

Phillips says it would be easier to comply with new federal wildfire rules if his firefighters were generating money.

Cedar City Manager Paul Bittmenn says that before the council looks deeper into the fire suppression plan, it would have to make a policy about where the new money would go.

Mayor Maile Wilson liked the idea but says she has concerns about firefighter safety.

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Information from: The Spectrum, https://www.thespectrum.com

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