By HERB SWETT
Fort he Keizertimes

A supplemental budget about 4 percent more than the 2009-10 Keizer Fire District budget was approved by the board of directors Tuesday.

The supplement of $279,327 includes a recently purchased trailer several times the size of the old trailer, which the board plans to donate to Marion County Search and Rescue.

Fire Chief Jeff Cowan told the board that, even though only supplements of 10 percent or more of the budget require board approval, he wanted the district staff to be transparent with its proposals.

Regarding apparatus and capital improvement, Cowan reported a need for a tow vehicle for the rehabilitation unit. He said a used engine was available from the Salem Fire Department. He also said the staff was preparing to look at older pieces of rescue equipment and heart monitors and recommend replacements.