Newport, Depoe Bay and other fire facilities are thinking about consolidating fire fighting services
In March 2019, City Council gave approval to begin discussions with Newport Rural Fire Protection District (NRFPD) about the benefits and challenges of merging the Fire Department with the Rural District. In January of 2020 a Request for Proposal was sent out to prospective consulting firms for a feasibility study. In March of 2020, COVID–19 arrived in Lincoln County. This caused us to set aside work on this and focus on the City’s response to the pandemic.
In November of 2020, my time dedicated to COVID response had dropped, and I was asked to resume work on the merger. In December of 2020, The Rural Fire District Board asked me to approach Depoe Bay Fire District to assess their desire to be a part of consolidation/merger discussions. After initial discussions with Chief Bryan Daniels, he approached his
of Directors in January 2021 and they approved the idea. Both the City Council and NRPFD Board of Directors formally approved adding Depoe Bay Fire District to merger/consolidation talks.
In early January of this year, I sent over a revised RFP for Chief Daniels and DBFD to review. After talking with the Chief on the phone, he indicated it will take him 2–3 weeks get me a response back. This delay is due them being short staffed in a key administrative position, and the time needed to fill that vital position. Our goal is to have a revised RFP through review and ready for submission by February 14, 2022. If we can meet that, we will send out proposals soon after and close by April 1, 2022. With a couple of weeks for each of the agencies to review, we hope to award a contract by May 1, 2022, and have the consultant begin work by June 1, 2022. Project length should take 4–6 months. A final report could be ready for review before the end of 2022.
Other Alternatives Considered:
No other alternatives are being considered at this time.
City Council Goals:
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