12/22/09 195 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 Feasibility of Police-Fire Consolidation in Gastonia, 1976

'Tis indeed the season for history here at Blog Central. From the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina comes this Report to the Manager: Feasibility of Police-Fire Consolidation in the City of Gastonia. Dated June 1976, the document presents perspectives on new programs to “maximize the manpower of both the police and fire departments” and thus increase their service levels.

The 35-page report is a nifty snapshot into public safety programs, which had their heyday in the 1970s. Some 125 municipalities around the country were using them by 1976. The report lists different types of public safety programs. There’s also an fascinating “fact sheet” based on Durham’s experiences with the program, as well as case studies of both Peoria, IL, and Boulder, CO.

From then to now, cities and towns that have utilized public safety officers-- personnel performing both police and fire duties-- have included Butner (still active), Chapel Hill, Durham, Knightdale (still active), Morganton (still active), Washington, and Winston-Salem. Who else?

Did Gastonia adopt the program? Don’t know.

Read the document (PDF, 2.9M)

Silver - 12/22/09 - 20:30

Long Beach, NC, prior to the consolidation of those municipalities into the town of Oak Island, had a PSO, program. RDU looked at it and even had firefighters riding around with police officers at night for a while. Holly Springs also did it for a little while recently.
DJ - 12/25/09 - 11:28

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