Outsourcing the Fire Service

By John K. MurphyThe scenario: A meeting between the city manager and the fire chief occurred the other day. The chief was notified that as December 31, 2010, the city will not be providing fire protection services, as it is going to outsource all public services to a private corporation. The city made this decision based on the current budget constraints, the loss of revenue, and the need to provide other essential services to the citizens. The city manager went on to say that the firefighters will be provided notice by HR at the end of this meeting and that the city wants that the chief to remain onboard as a consultant to provide a seamless transition for those services. This scenario ...

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