Newport City Council to review proposal to study promoting joint collaboration of Lincoln County fire services
There has been a lot of behind the scenes talking going on among fire departments all around Lincoln County about how fire services might be more efficiently run and give better service to the taxpayers. As anyone who drives up and down Highway 101 knows, there are about as many fire district signs as there are city limit signs. And for every fire district they have to have fire fighters, lots of equipment, and paid staff, especially administration.
The talk between departments is that by combining their purchasing power for equipment, vehicles and supplies and with eventual savings on cost of personnel, the departments owe it to themselves and to their respective taxpayers to investigate how to more constructively blur the lines between fire departments up and down the central coast. The city council will consider financially contributing to a proposed county-wide study of how collaboration between departments might get a better deal for the taxpayers of Lincoln County. Just about all fire departments in the county, except for Toledo, are included in the study. Earlier discussions indicated that Toledo is not interested at this time in joining in the study.
The firm proposing to do the collaboration study is Emergency Services Consulting which does a lot of these collaboration/consolidation studies. Their proposal before the council runs the gamut of variables from the purchase of fire trucks to turn-out gear for fire fighters. The council will be reviewing the consulting firm’s proposed work plan on Tuesday.