10/06/14 403 W - + 3 - 3 Merging Wilmington and New Hanover County Fire Departments?


That's the recommendation from a consultant, as reported by the FireNews.net story, from this Star-News story by Julian March. The 119-page study was released today. The project was started last year, when the County Manager asked the City Manager to consider a consolidation study. In November, City Council approved funding of same, and cost was shared with the county.

Mind you, we're just talking about WFD and NHCFR. There are four other fire departments in New Hanover County: Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and the airport. Also, as the Star-News story notes, mergers of the city and county have been rejected by voters in 1973, 1987, and 1995. Talks started again in 2001, but didn't go anywhere. Only at a department-specific level has success been reached, beginning with transportation departments in 2004 and public utility departments in 2008.

What's going to happen with the report? Public input will be sought at a pair of meetings on October 29. The consultant will make a presentation to the county and city on November 17 and 18, respectively. Actions are expected at the county level, to further the initiative. (The study suggests establishing committees as a first step.)
 

Read the Report

What does the report say? Quite a bit, and too much to summarize upon first skim.

Here's the direct link (PDF), thanks to FireNews.net. Read and digest and report back with your reactions.
 

Postscripts





I believe, to a certain level, Guilford county merged its dispatching services with the city of Greensboro, at least for the fire side. Not sure of examples of fire departments fully merging together.
Taylor Jones (Email) - 10/14/14 - 12:16



  
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