Transition, Merger, Consolidation: Managing Fire Service Changes

By Peter Bryan Fiscal conditions are causing many public safety agencies to consider and act on changing their public safety service through a transition, merger, consolidation, or the formation of a contract for service or public safety department. Has the time come for the fire service to embrace these changes? Are the fiscal conditions likely to remain in the current or a declining condition for several years? How do we evaluate providing public safety service with decreased recurring revenues or increasing costs above anticipated revenues? How can we continue to match resources with the demand for services? Many fire service leaders never get the opportunity to make the "change v...

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