Here's a QCTimes article about an idea for Davenport to provide some of Bettendorf's fire protection. As usual, there are pros and cons to this idea. Leading the con list is the fact that we've already saddled our fire department with rental inspections, probably to the detriment of Davenport's safety. Do they need even more work? Then there's the mention of another town yet that's also interested in something like this.
On the other hand, Davenport currently responds to big Bettendorf fires under mutual aid, for free. Why not set up a formal system where Davenport actually profits from what we already do. This proposal would only involve structure fires, which happen fairly infrequently. Also there's the money aspect. $102,000 is nothing to sneeze at, although not even enough for 2 new firefighters.
Why do you folks think? I'm sure most people will jump all over this in the usual negative way, but maybe there's room for a few thoughtful comments too.