June 4th, 2012
Bill to place advertisements on city fire trucks moves forward
By Julie Scharper
A Baltimore City Council committee approved a measure Tuesday that would allow advertisements to be placed on fire trucks to help support the department — and potentially prevent the closure of some fire companies.
Firefighters and community leaders backed the bill, sponsored by West Baltimore Councilman William “Pete” Welch, expressing hope that the ad revenue could prevent three of the city’s 55 fire companies from being shuttered due to budget cuts.
Welch said the city would not know how much the measure could raise until after a planned study was completed, but the prospect of any new revenue cheered fire union officials and residents.