"The problem was identified that many small communities in central Penobscot County Maine are having difficulty providing the level of fire and emergency medical services demanded by the public. The purpose of this applied research project was to explore if consolidation of fire protection agencies could improve the delivery and efficiency of fire and emergency medical services in central Penobscot County. The descriptive research methodology was used to answer the following questions: Question 1. What are the benefits of consolidating fire protection agencies? Question 2. How have other governmental agencies consolidated fire protection services? Question 3. Are local municipal officials in central Penobscot County receptive to the consolidation of fire protection services? The procedures in this research included selecting the communities and their respective fire departments to be studied, which were the fourteen cities and towns in central Penobscot County. A literature review of fire department consolidations, mergers and regionalization efforts was conducted to examine the benefits, limitations and challenges facing fire protection agency consolidation. A survey was conducted of local municipal officials, including town managers and local fire chiefs from the fourteen communities to determine whether they are receptive to consolidation and what concerns they would have with consolidation of fire protection services. The results of this research determined that there are many benefits to be derived from consolidation of fire protection services between the fourteen communities in central Penobscot County."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/