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Fire Department Coordination Beneficial; Merger Guidelines Would Be Helpful, Report No. 01-67, December 2001
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  • Cooperation among fire departments has emerged as an effective way to deal with an environment of increasing needs, rising costs, and decentralized service delivery.  Such cooperation, whether through coordinating functions or formal merger of organizations, can improve service levels, often at a reduced cost to taxpayers.
  • However, there are challenges in determining the most appropriate forms and levels of cooperation in Florida.  As illustrated by the breakdown of the cooperative relationship between the Cedar Hammock and Southern Manatee fire districts, the inability to deal with these challenges can have negative effects on local communities.
  • To facilitate successful fire department cooperation, guidelines should be developed to help local communities plan for and implement cooperative agreements and mergers.  The Department of Community Affairs and the State Fire Marshal should establish a task force of relevant stakeholders to develop these guidelines.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Financial Services Fire Marshal
Department of Economic Opportunity

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-25 Pinellas County Should Track Fire and EMS Costs to Set Benchmarks, Control Costs, and Evaluate Alternative Service Delivery Models,published in February 2010.
  • Report No. 01-31 Justification Review: Fire Marshal Program Performs Well; Boiler Safety Function, Measures Need Improvement, published in June 2001.
  • Report No. 95-22 Review of Independent Special Districts That Provide Infrastructure and Services to the Public, published in December 1995.

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