This week the North Lincoln and Depoe Bay Fire Departments’ Boards of Directors deepened their discussions about consolidating their two departments into better integrated and efficient fire fighting teams.
Although no one from either district has proposed a definitive consolidation plan, other department consolidations tend to more easily acquire fire fighting apparatus, have more swift allocation of fire trucks and fire fighting personnel, especially among volunteers. They would also possibly consolidate a larger tax base to maintain an economically strong and predictable consolidated budget.
Of course a lot of that is talking points that have to be ironed out first. It’s also common in the long run that the number of higher ranking employees might be reduced due to the consolidation by applying financial resources into those who actually drive the trucks, pull the hoses and aim the water – not that those higher ranking officials don’t do that already, but it would certainly enhance the division of labor and the quantity and quality of the labor. Coordinated training exercises would also likely be more frequent and indepth.
Those close to the discussion caution that the talks are still in the early stages but it was said Tuesday evening that the two boards have formally agreed that consolidation into a larger district is definitely on the table.
However, Board Directors remind everyone that such a consolidation of departments can, and likely will be, a lengthy process with the final decision to be made by the voters of the two fire districts.
Obviously, to be continued…